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December 6th, 2012
10:20 AM ET

Rep. LaTourette (R-OH) says a fiscal cliff deal is ultimately going to be a negotiation between Obama and Boehner

For the first time in a week, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner spoke about the fiscal cliff over the phone, but there’s no word of progress made or future talks planned with only twenty-six days to go before the fiscal cliff.

Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), who is a member of the Appropriations Committee, believes that there’s a growing sense in the Republican party that “the President has won this round relative to the rates” but they still need to sit down and work out the spending part of the deal, which he feels can be reached if the President moves forward with entitlement reform.

LaTourette comments that the Republicans’ walk out yesterday, heading home because there are no votes between now and the weekend, is not as significant as it appears. “We’re not doing anything to get this done because there’s nothing we can do,” he says. “This is going to be a negotiation between the President of the United States and House Speaker John Boehner.”


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Entitlement • Entitlement reform • Fiscal cliff • John Boehner • President Barack Obama • Revenue • Spending • Tax cuts • Taxes
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  1. Mark

    Stopping Federal Income Tax Returns for only three years would raise over $2.4 trillion.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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