(CNN) - While there is currently no plan for Congressional leaders to meet with the president, according to an official familiar with the situation, Democratic Sen. Max Baucus said the two sides should get to work on the fiscal cliff negotiations-and soon, before the U.S. enters “uncharted waters.”
“I think that they should start negotiating right now,” Baucus said Friday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
Washington (CNN) - Two coalitions of progressive groups are trying to exert more pressure on lawmakers to protect the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class as congressional leaders and the White House try to avert the fiscal cliff when all tax rates rise and major spending cuts are enacted at the beginning of next year.
The groups, Americans for Tax Fairness and the Action, are planning more than 100 events on Saturday to push for the rates to rise for couples making more than $250,000.
Washington (CNN) – Both parties' positions on how to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff seemed to harden Friday, and Democratic and Republicans on Capitol Hill conceded that the next step in reviving the negotiations is unclear.
About a half hour after President Barack Obama wrapped up an event in Pennsylvania designed to ratchet up pressure on the GOP to agree to renewing tax cuts just for those making under $250,000, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill that talks were at a "stalemate."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 30, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
NOT DEVELOPING: OBAMA WARNS OF “SCROOGE” CHRISTMAS WITHOUT TAX-CUT EXTENSION… Stumping for a deal to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts that will otherwise hit at year's end, President Barack Obama on Friday toured a Pennsylvania toy factory that's churning out would-be holiday gifts, warning of a "Scrooge" Christmas if Congress does not pass legislation extending tax cuts for 98% of Americans.
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER ON THE STATE OF THE NEGOTIATIONS: STALEMATE... “There's a stalemate. Let's not kid ourselves. I'm not trying to make this more difficult, but you've watched me over the last three weeks. I've been very guarded in what I had to say because I don't want to make it harder for me or the president or members of both parties to be able to find common ground.”
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER ERIC CANTOR ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PLAN... “I think that the proposal that was delivered here by Secretary Geithner to the speaker and me was not a serious proposal.”
MORE TO COME: JUSTICES TAKE NO ACTION YET ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE APPEAL… The Supreme Court took no action Friday on a pending series of appeals over the divisive issue of same-sex marriage. The justices had scheduled a closed-door conference to consider whether to accept for review several challenges to federal and state laws restricting the ability of gay and lesbian couples to legally wed. – Bill Mears
(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, will travel to the Middle East in the new year, his spokeswoman confirmed to CNN on Friday.
Paul will travel to Israel and Jordan in early January for the information gathering trip lasting a little over a week, his communications director, Moira Bagley, said.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner named Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan as the chairman of the House Administration Committee on Friday, three days after the Republican conference took heat for electing only males as committee heads.
"From ensuring the House runs efficiently and smoothly, to making Congress more open and accessible, Candice has a big job ahead as chairman of the House Administration Committee," Boehner said in the statement.
Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court took no action Friday on a pending series of appeals over the divisive issue of same-sex marriage.
The justices had scheduled a closed-door conference to consider whether to accept for review several challenges to federal and state laws restricting the ability of gay and lesbian couples to legally wed.
Washington (CNN) – The U.S. House approved Republican-backed immigration legislation on Friday that had previously fallen short in September, though Democrats described it as a piecemeal political move by Republicans after their poor election showing among non-white voters.
House Democrats predicted it would fail in the Democratic-controlled Senate, partly due to White House opposition.
Hatfield, Pennsylvania (CNN) – A small town, an energetic crowd, and a bustling factory backdrop. President Barack Obama's remarks in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, on Friday may have some Americans wondering if the president was back on the campaign trail. In a way, he is.
The president traveled to Pennsylvania for a campaign-style event, where he toured a local factory and delivered remarks on the looming fiscal cliff, a series of tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in at the beginning of the year if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deficit-reduction deal.