Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume
Boehner staffers meeting with White House staffers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 5:04 PM CST
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(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.

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Dec 7, 2012 3:31 PM CST
So the senate is not in session again. If they cannot full fill their jobs let them stay home and drink arsenic with their families to celebrate Christmas. Most if not all of them are in the 1 to 2% and don't want their taxes raised on them. Make them stand up in the Senate publicly and voice their opposition so their Constancy can see where they stand and way and decide if they should be reelected in 2014. As far as Boehner goes, he fears losing his job more than knowing what the majority of the people want.
Dec 7, 2012 12:24 PM CST
My "Tea Party Right Wing Unemployed Conservative Republican Friend" called Speaker Boehner a traitor yesterday for offering a deal to raise taxes yesterday on the Highest Income bracket over the 35% amount. The Right Wing of the Republican Party is against Speaker Boehner for even offering a deal. This here "Conservative Republican" thinks that anybody making over the $389,000 per year that classifies you in that Highest Income Bracket NEEDS TO HAVE THEIR TAXES RAISED. Raise those taxes on the President! The Obama Household made over 5.5 Million the first year of the President's Presidency, and taxes still haven't been raised for this income bracket. I think ALL THESE PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT haven't raised those taxes is because ALL THOSE PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT, MAKES MORE THAN $389,000 per year. A bunch of lying greedy hypocrites, Democrats and Republicans!
Dec 7, 2012 5:45 AM CST
Great, Obama gets to waste more time by pushing a point that doesn't matter while congress gets to waste more time by arguing something that don't matter all the while the things that do matter are still problems and are kicking our ass. Thanks a lot washington... A$$holes