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U.S. administration urges Republicans not to block "fiscal cliff" deal
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Posted on 12/26/2012 4:06:28 PM PST by Sub-Driver

U.S. administration urges Republicans not to block "fiscal cliff" deal By Mark Felsenthal | Reuters – 58 mins ago

HONOLULU (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama cut short a Christmas vacation to resume talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of automatic year-end tax hikes and spending cuts, the White House on Wednesday called on congressional Republicans not to stand in the way of a resolution in the U.S. Congress.

"It's up to the Senate Minority Leader not to block a vote, and it's up the House Republican leader, the Speaker of the House ... to allow a vote," a senior administration official told reporters traveling with the president.

Obama is seeking a stripped down deal to prevent tax rates from rising on all but the wealthiest Americans and to stop steep across-the-board spending cuts.

The White House last week proposed a broader package that would have let tax rates stay low for those making up to $400,000, a compromise from the president's previous rate hike threshold of $250,000.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner was unimpressed with the offer and sought unsuccessfully to push his own proposal through Congress, but members of his own Republican Party balked at rate hikes of any kind. Talks broke down after that and the president and lawmakers left town for the holiday.

The focus will shift to the Senate for a deal, where Obama will rely on an ally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to work out a bill that the top Senate Republican, Kentucky's Mitch McConnell, will not obstruct. The House must also pass the measure.

A broader effort to trim the nation's massive budget deficit will have to wait, the official said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bsarticle; fiscalcliff; obama; yahoo; yahoonews
It was your idea....
1 posted on 12/26/2012 4:06:35 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

oBama : My way or no way


2 posted on 12/26/2012 4:12:45 PM PST by wrench
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To: Sub-Driver

Huh? How can a tax bill originate in the Senate?

Oh wait, sorry, I forgot that we aren’t bound by that silly Constitution any more. That was just the senile ramblings of a bunch of dumb old white slaveowners.

Speaking of stupid senile old white guys, do you think McConnell will offer ANY resistance WHATSOEVER?


3 posted on 12/26/2012 4:14:43 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Notice there’s no responsibility put on the Democrats to come up with a bill the Republicans would be willing to vote for. It’s the Republican’s responsibility to vote for whatever they come up with.


4 posted on 12/26/2012 4:17:40 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Any Republican who votes for tax hikes won’t get my vote. Sen. Corker is on my never vote for list. Tennesse Republicans didn’t send him to the senate to raise their taxes.


5 posted on 12/26/2012 4:20:10 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Sub-Driver

King 0bama.. Now we can OFFICIALLY call him that.


6 posted on 12/26/2012 4:22:41 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: wrench

B-HO is purposely ruining the U.S. economy. He is not negotiating in good faith. I do not understand the U.S. Democrats helping B-HO ruin our nation. The Democrats do not care about their children and grandchildren?


7 posted on 12/26/2012 4:25:11 PM PST by abclily
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To: RginTN
I'm with you. Putting Palin and a 3rd Party on ready status. Most Americans, less than a fractions of a %, understand how much we are in debt, but most congresspeeps DO understand, and yet they let it slide.

Stop it now, or I'm gone and so are the Republicans. This madness can't continue.

Republicans will be vilified for a while, until they understand the gravity of the situation.

8 posted on 12/26/2012 4:26:22 PM PST by chiller (Do not consume any NBCNews;MTPTodayNightlyNewsMorningJoeMSNBCBrianWilliams)
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To: Nervous Tick

My guess is that the argument will be that they are extending and revising a bill that’s already in effect, the Bush tax cut bill. Therefore, they will say, it’s not originating in the Senate.


9 posted on 12/26/2012 4:31:42 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Nervous Tick
Huh? How can a tax bill originate in the Senate?

I have been wondering the same thing all day while listening to the news every thirty minutes. Must be that now not only is the Constitution shredded, the rule of law in that nation has been sabotaged, and the rules of Congress are also expunged from our public life. Do whatever they want is the new norm - I JUST CANNOT FIGURE OUT WHEN IT IS THAT THE PITCHFORKS ARE GOING TO MOVE ON THE DISCTIRCT OF CORRUPTION? It would certainly appear that we are NOT able to keep the Republic.
10 posted on 12/26/2012 4:32:58 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: abclily
"B-HO is purposely ruining the U.S. economy. "

Just this week we hear about Obie trying to extend mortgage refi's to those outside of government insured (Fannie/Freddies).

And women farmers who were supposedly discriminated in lending practices sometime in their lives are encouraged to claim their 50g's before its too late. No questions asked, no verifications necessary. The deadline expires this week, but they're extending it another 3 months so they can give away a bunch more. This after they've already done it for black farmers (Pigston case, iirc) ..also no questions asked.

It's redistribution writ large, compliments of an American hating president.

At what point does it become clear to all that Obama is trying to destroy a nation he sees as unfair.

11 posted on 12/26/2012 4:34:19 PM PST by chiller (Do not consume any NBCNews;MTPTodayNightlyNewsMorningJoeMSNBCBrianWilliams)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is Obama telling the republicans to get out of the way, and let him and the democrats solve the “fiscal cliff” crisis, by, making the cliff deeper and more vertical. Then, when the country goes to hell, Obama and the democrats can blame the republicans for not doing their jobs and allowing the cliff to get deeper and more vertical.


12 posted on 12/26/2012 4:37:36 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well who knew? Its totally up to the Republicans to resolve this crisis.


13 posted on 12/26/2012 4:44:42 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Let’s start calling the “fiscal cliff” what it is — a return to Bill Clinton’s tax rates...


14 posted on 12/26/2012 5:11:06 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The only obstruction is Harry Reid. He never lets house bills come up for a vote. He is as much a dictator as is obama with a little “o” for disrespect.


15 posted on 12/26/2012 5:16:29 PM PST by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: Sub-Driver
to stop steep across-the-board spending cuts

Oh yeah. Obama couldn't get a deal with Boehner, kicked it to Congress to solve. They came up with a solution and now Obama wants that stopped also.

Ugly little man.

16 posted on 12/26/2012 5:32:15 PM PST by what's up
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To: Sub-Driver

More intimidation from the empty chair. No reason to give him anything, but the stupid party will give him everything he wants and blame the “chuckleheads”


17 posted on 12/26/2012 5:37:38 PM PST by nomobs (Just call me "chucklehead")
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To: Sub-Driver

They shouldn’t block a thing, just vote “Present” and let the ahole own it

TT


18 posted on 12/26/2012 6:58:42 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They are very good at politics.

My prediction — Obama has a plan blessed by Reid and Pelosi. He’s going to propose it when the “talks” with Boehner break down.

The deal will be sold by the media as a “compromise”, and the media will explain how wonderful it is that Obama and the Democrats were willing to compromise even when the republicans wouldn’t budge.

Then they will show up with 51 votes in the senate, and enough democrats in the house that they only need 40 republicans.

And then, Obama’s call tonight will make perfect sense — don’t block the vote.


19 posted on 12/26/2012 7:57:35 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Yep.

And if this time he doesn’t use every disciplinary method available on the RINOs to keep them from voting for it Boehner will be destroying the Republican Party for years to come.

It will be interesting.


20 posted on 12/26/2012 8:03:46 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: chiller
Stop it now, or I'm gone and so are the Republicans. This madness can't continue.

reluctantly agree.

21 posted on 12/26/2012 8:46:07 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Sub-Driver

What “deal”? Obama hasn’t done anything but run his mouth. He has yet to submit any sort of written plan that can be scored by the CBO.

In the meantime, Mushmouth Boehner can’t seem to get this one crucial fact across to the American people.


22 posted on 12/26/2012 10:39:59 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
In the meantime, Mushmouth Boehner can’t seem to get this one crucial fact across to the American people.

That my friend is the HUGE core issue problem.

NO LEADERSHIP and NO COMMUNICATION skills.

Boehner reminds me of a seeing eye dog who itself is BLIND.

23 posted on 12/26/2012 11:27:14 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: Sub-Driver
U.S. administration

I hardly ever see the Obama administration called the "U.S" administration, but alas and sadly, it is one and the same, even though I have never felt Obama represents me and my values.

24 posted on 12/27/2012 7:53:41 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: Sub-Driver

You wanted high taxes America.

Now pay them.


25 posted on 12/27/2012 3:50:01 PM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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