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Both sides play the game said Boehner wants to wait until after the new House re elects him as speaker early next month before proceeding with a compromise one that will need support from both Democrats and Republicans to pass.
"Nobody is willing to pull the trigger (because) everybody wants to play the blame game," LaTourette said. "This blame game is about to put us over the edge."
Such squabbling has left many doubtful there will be a deal before the fiscal cliff takes effect. Reid criticized Omega Speedmaster With Date
Obama and Democrats have leverage, based on the president re election last month and Democratic gains in the House and Senate in the new Congress. In addition, polls consistently show majority support for Obama position on taxes.
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President Barack Obama and congressional leaders will discuss the looming fiscal cliff impasse Friday at the White House, aiming for a last minute deal to stave off automatic tax increases and spending cuts. meeting which will include Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boeher, House Minority Omega Mens Watches Uk
Boehner insistence the Senate act on House measures, saying Democrats and Republicans have to agree on something together.
Instead, Reid called on Boehner to allow a vote on a Senate passed measure to implement Obama plan to extend tax cuts to the $250,000 threshold.
In response, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said Reid should stop talking and instead take up legislation passed by the House to avert the fiscal cliff. This comes a day after Boehner leadership team issued a statement saying the Senate must go first either by passing or amending the House passed proposal and only then will they act, an assertion Buck repeated Thursday evening.
Reid, the Nevada Democrat, argued that Republicans undermined a potentially major agreement over the past two years by refusing to compromise on their opposition to higher tax rates for the wealthy. Hours before Friday meeting was announced, he was doubtful there would be a deal by January 1.
At the least, hopes for an imminent so called grand bargain that would address chronic federal deficits and debt appeared dashed right now, leaving it to the White House and legislators to work out a less ambitious agreement.
However, McConnell rejected that possibility Thursday, as he sought to focus the debate on revising House passed measures.
Earlier Thursday, McConnell said his side won "write a blank check for anything Senate Democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff."
By Dana Bash and Tom Cohen
Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will come days before the deadline to reach a deal, and after another day of Republicans and Democrats blaming each other for the stalemate.
McConnell told Obama in a telephone conversation Wednesday that he must see details of a proposal before he can figure out how to proceed on a Senate vote.
Republicans oppose any kind of increase in tax rates, and Boehner suffered the political indignity last week of offering a compromise a $1 million threshold for the higher rates to kick in that his GOP colleagues refused to support because it raised taxes and had no chance of passing the Senate.
Reid and Democrats reject the GOP proposals, which would extend all tax cuts passed under former President George W. Bush and revamp the spending cuts of the fiscal cliff. They called them insufficient, shifting too much deficit reduction burden on the middle class.
Obama campaigned for re election on keeping the current lower tax rates on family income up to $250,000, which he argues would protect 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses from rates that increase on income above that level.
However, a senior Democratic Senate source said Thursday that McConnell must first work things out with House Speaker John Boehner before Democrats divulge more.
One possibility is the fiscal cliff takes effect and taxes go up in January, then Congress steps in to bring tax rates back down for at least some people allowing them to say they lowering taxes, even if taxes for some wealthy people are higher in 2013 than they were in 2012. But retiring Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio calls that scenario little more than a political game.
The Consumer Confidence Index sank Thursday amid growing fears the sides won come together. If they don economists have warned it could cause another recession.
Last Friday, the president proposed the scaled back agreement that included his call for extending tax cuts on households with incomes under $250,000, as well as an extension of unemployment insurance.
While a Senate Democratic leadership member said such details would be forthcoming, two White House officials said Obama will not send a fiscal cliff measure to Congress.
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White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage confirmed the meeting, but did not elaborate. Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck and McConnell spokesman Don Stewart both tried to put the onus on their rival political party in the former case urging the Democratic led Senate to pass a bill approved by the GOP majority in the House, and in the latter asking for a detailed proposal from Obama.
The principal dispute continues to be over taxes, specifically the demand by Obama and Democrats to extend most of the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush while allowing higher rates of the 1990s to return on top income brackets.
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