Lead­ers out­line ‘cliff’ stands

Trea­sury sec­re­tary, House speaker hit TV shows to blame ri­val party for stale­mate.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - Byjackie Calmes Bud­get

WASHINGTON — At a stale­mate in their talks to avoid a self­im­posed fis­cal cri­sis at the end of this month, the lead ne­go­tia­tors for the White House and con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans used the Sun­day tele­vi­sion news shows to de­fend their re­spec­tive po­si­tions and blame the other side for the im­passe.

“Right now I would say we’re nowhere, pe­riod. We’re nowhere,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on “Fox News Sun­day.”

“We’ve put a se­ri­ous ofler on the ta­ble by putting rev­enues out there to try to get this ques­tion re­solved,” he said. “But the White House has re­sponded with vir­tu­ally noth­ing.”

For the ad­min­is­tra­tion, Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Tim Gei­th­ner coun­tered on Fox and four other pro­grams by out­lin­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s pro­pos­als for longterm deficit re­duc­tion and in­sist­ing that Repub­li­cans were block­ing com­pro­mise by their op­po­si­tion to let­ting the Bush-era tax rates on high in­comes ex­pire as sched­uled by law on Dec. 31. Obama and Demo­cratic law­mak­ers want

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