Obama, Boehner meet at the White House
December 17th, 2012
11:41 AM ET
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Obama, Boehner meet at the White House

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held a meeting at the White House late Monday morning as the country faces an end-of-the-year deadline to avoid the fiscal cliff, a White House official said.

A spokesman from Boehner's office confirmed the meeting, which lasted about 45 minutes. Both sources said the two were continuing "discussions about the fiscal cliff and balanced deficit reduction."

Boehner met Thursday afternoon with Obama at the White House in their second face-to-face talks of the week. The two then spoke by phone Friday, according to news reports.

The meeting comes after the speaker made certain concessions in the negotiating process. Click here for the latest.

Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. John

    Make it a big one.......4 trillion to include 1.33 trilllion in new revenue and 2.6 in spending cuts, heavily weighted to years 5 to 10, and focused on increased age for medicare and social security pay outs....I am in the upper 2% and also believe that social security should be set at a "reduced 5.2%, but should include all paid income, with no cap

    December 17, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that those with a TOTAL income of $750,000 (includes bonuses and capital gains) or more should have their rates return to normal. In addtion, make all income subject to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. This is in addition to having the Social Security age raised to 67 over the course of the next 5 years or so (maybe even higher age) since there are people living longer. As for Medicare, maybe we could have a limited means testing to support those seniors that can afford more. These are just starting points.

    December 17, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Many on the right respond to the left wanting to "return to Clinton-era tax rates" by saying that we should "return to Clinton-era spending levels", too.

    Does that include "Clinton-era Defense Spending"? I didn't think so.

    December 17, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Deal or 'NO" deal....

    The White House is playing the "You go first" game...or return to Clinton-era...that was then and 'the cliff' is now and must be delt with the conditions of "NOW"

    December 17, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Thomas

    House Speaker John Boehner knows what the right thing to do is , his special interest downers and corporate lobbyist will need to get over it.

    It's time !

    December 17, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Pappy

    Obam has out spent everyone, just look at the money he flushed on all his bankrupt buddies green companies, he constantley critized Bush for spending on the credit card the only diff now is he spends more on mainly on loser companies. typical payday rich attitude

    December 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. truth, truth and more ttruth

    any spending "cuts" not in the current year are not truly cuts. they are bs, espcially if they are far in the future. this congress and president cannot make the decisions for future reps, senators and presidents.

    cut the current spending level by 1% this year, 2% the next year, 3% the next, etc. until the budget balances, gradually require the governemnt to cut the fat and waste and focus on the essentials. this really isn't rocket science poeople.

    December 17, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |