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December 05, 2012

Republicans complain Obama isn't responding to them

Republicans Wednesday wondered aloud: Where's President Barack Obama on fiscal cliff negotiations?

"You know, this week, we made a good faith offer to avert the fiscal crisis and that offer included significant spending cuts and reforms," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Monday, House of Representatives Republicans offered a $2.2 trillion spending and tax package.

"Now we need a response from the White House. We can't sit here and negotiate with ourselves," he told reporters. "Our targets and frameworks are things we can all agree on."

If Obama disagrees with the approach--as the White House has said it does--"I think he's got an obligation to send one to the Congress and a plan that can pass both chambers of Congress," Boehner said.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., echoed that thought. "We have not had any discussion and any specifics with this president about the real problem, which is spending," he said.


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