Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume

Boehner staffers meeting with White House staffers

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 6, 2012 5:04 PM CST

(Newser) – It might be too much to hope for, but it's at least possible that the public harumphing over the fiscal cliff might be nearing an end: With 25 days to go, the Wall Street Journal reports that private talks between staffers of John Boehner and the White House have resumed. One possible route to a compromise getting some traction: Republicans would agree to President Obama's demand to increase the top tax rate—it now stands at 35%—but the rate would not go all the way back up to the 39.6% of the Bill Clinton presidency.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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