US President Barack Obama speaks on the fiscal cliff on December 21, 2012 in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he is "ready and willing" to get a big package done to deal with the "fiscal cliff" and said there's no reason not to protect middle-class Americans from tax increases.
Obama said he spoke Friday with House Speaker John Boehner and met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He said Congress should pass a plan to extend tax breaks for the middle class and extend unemployment benefits.
Obama said no one can get 100 percent of what they want and there are "real consequences" to how they deal with the across-the-board tax increases and steep spending cuts scheduled to kick in Jan. 1. Economists fear the combination could deliver a blow to the U.S. economy.
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12/21/2012 5:46:21 PM (GMT -5:00)
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