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December 12, 2012

Republicans tell rank and file: You might be in DC till New Year's

Be ready to stay in Washington through the end of the year, Republican leaders warned members of Congress Wednesday.

"The president seems to be walking us ever so slowly towards the cliff," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told reporters after meeting with other Republicans.

"We've said we're committed to staying here. We're going to stay here right up to Christmas Eve," he said, "throughout the time and period before the New Year, because we want to make sure that we resolve this in an acceptable way for the American people."

His comments came as both parties reported little progress in talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

Boehner discussed his Tuesday call with Obama, saying the president is calling for $1.4 trillion in revenue.

"That cannot pass the House and Senate," Boehner said.

He would provide no other details. "Listen," he said, "there were offers exchanged back and forth yesterday, and you know the president and I had a pretty frank conversation about just how far apart we are."



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