Obama: Take My Plan, or Offer Alternative
President will push for up-or-down vote on his plan if all fails
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2012 4:35 PM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2012 5:00 PM CST
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves the White House Friday.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The big powwow between President Obama and leaders of Congress has wrapped up with, surprise, surprise, no magical breakthrough on the fiscal cliff. But with four days to go before the deadline, there's apparently still hope. The New York Times, Politico, the Washington Post, and the Hill have similar accounts of the big points from the meeting:

  • Obama did not present a new offer. Instead, he renewed his push for a scaled-down deal that includes no tax hike for households making $250,000 or less.
  • If his deal is unacceptable, he asked for an alternative that could pass both the House and Senate. (One compromise being floated is a deal that would raise the threshold from $250,000 to $400,000.)
  • If no alternative emerges, he called for an up-or-down vote on his plan.

In a news briefing afterward, Obama called the meeting "constructive" and said he is "modestly optimistic" that Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell can reach a deal. "The American people are watching what we do here," he said. "Obviously, their patience is already thin. It's deja vu all over again." On the Senate floor, the polite diplo-speak continued: McConnell said he was "hopeful and optimistic," while Reid called the White House meeting "constructive," reports the LA Times.

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Dec 29, 2012 11:23 PM CST
Must be a way to tax drug pusher. mafia, DRUGHOUSE crime house.crime family costing some states over 1-2 billion dollar some mafia family must be making into billions of dollar costing us plenty they don't pay tax on gain & G.E. TAX
Dec 29, 2012 7:30 PM CST
JOHN F. KENNEDY said it best, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what can you do for your country." --- EVERY Congressman and woman should think about these famous words when making their decision on whether or not to let the "Simpson-Bowles Spending Reduction Act" S1936 go through, or rescind parts of it. --- FORGET the politics, do what's best for the country. --- A bipartisan deal was struck, and all sides signed on to it, and now the President and Democrats didn't fix the required budget, so let the "Simpson-Bowles Act" become law. --- America needs a good dash of castor-oil to make Obama and Democrats come up with a budget, and they will surely do that in the first part of 2013, if the "Simpson-Bowles Act" becomes law. --- Balance the budget. --- "Do it for America and our children" and put politics aside, and let the "Simpson-Bowles Act" become law. -------- REALLY
Dec 29, 2012 1:02 PM CST
John Boehner Re-Elect... WHY? He hasn't done his JOB for The People of this country nor any other Elect Job. Apply this term before any vote.... More of the Same! (decades) This guy is no Statesman in any means of the word.. How is it, these people that should be picking up trash in our parks gets seated in the positions of makings discissions when they willnot do their job or just plain "screw the People."