(CNN) - President Barack Obama chastised lawmakers for failing so far to reach a solution to the fiscal cliff, urging them to return to Washington next week after reflecting over the Christmas holiday.
"This is not simply a contest between parties as to who looks good and who doesn't," he said. "As we leave town for a few days, I hope it gives everyone perspective."
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Obama said he had just spoken with House Speaker John Boehner and met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The president said he had compromised with Republicans' demands, meeting them at halfway or more, but that lawmakers appeared relatively unwilling to compromise.
But in response to Obama's remarks, Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said the president's offers have not passed the test of balance, though Republicans "remain hopeful he is finally ready to get serious about averting the fiscal cliff."
"The House has already acted to stop all of the looming tax hikes and replace the automatic defense cuts. It is time for the Democratic-run Senate to act, and that is what the Speaker told the President tonight. Speaker Boehner will return to Washington following the holiday, ready to find a solution that can pass both houses of Congress," Buck said.