Obama calls for Senate vote on fiscal cliff deal
December 30th, 2012
09:13 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama calls for Senate vote on fiscal cliff deal

(CNN) – Republicans "have had trouble saying yes to a number of repeated offers," President Obama said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" broadcast Sunday, discussing fiscal cliff talks.

If a broader deal on the fiscal cliff cannot be reached, then the Senate should vote on legislation to make sure middle-class taxes are not raised and that 2 million people don't lose unemployment benefits, he said.

The idea of maintaining tax cuts for 98% of Americans, as the president and Democrats support, was once part of "a pretty mainstream Republican agenda," Obama said. The fact that many Republicans are opposing raising taxes on the remaining 2% "is an indication of how far certain factions inside the Republican Party have gone," he added.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Turnabout is Fair Play

    See, THAT'S the president I voted for! One who looks out for the poor, the working class, and the middle class first and not the rich fatcats at the top like Bohner and the rest of the Republicans. Thank you Mr. President for showing them what's important in this country!

    December 30, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. poopmeister

    Republicans have much farther to go, as far as comprimise, than the Democrats do. I can't understand why they don't see this? If they are so worried about not kicking the can down the road, then why didn't they come up with a more moderate plan, like 8 months ago? Government will not shrink and it shouldn't in the economic state that it is in. Americans need welfare right now and spending has been cut far more than necessary under Obama than it needed. Even Wall Street wants a deal, any deal including taxes going up on anyone making $250,000+.....get a freaking clue!

    December 30, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Anthony

    Republicans have trouble saying yes even when the polls clearly show that the public supports Obama and Democrats over the fiscal cliff. Republicans clearly are not getting the message from the election, which showed that Obama beat Romney by almost almost 5 million votes and Democrats beat Republicans by over 1 million votes in the congressional elections. If Republicans think that they don't need to compromise when the public is against them, Obama and Democrats have even less motivation to do so. The sooner Republicans realize this, the sooner we can have a functional government again. Otherwise, voters will deliver bigger and bigger messages until it does not matter what Republicans think about compromises.

    December 30, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. plain&simple

    In two years time and the clock is ticking.....elections will be heald for the house members once again. Voters memories may be short....but not that short! However district lines are drawn ,the extreme will eventually be relegated to the sidelines. Life needs movement,government needs movement and the members of congress who refuse to govern and only make obstacles for those who wish to do their jobs....they WILL be remembered....and MOVED OUT OF OFFICE!!!

    December 30, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. ST

    Watching the panel from both sides today on State of Union with Candy Crowley, am afraid to say the deal on fiscal cliff will not be reached. The discussion was not an adult one BUT just each side defending itself. The side I expected to be optimistic, was not and vice versa. The President's idea of the Senate voting on taxes for middle class not be increased, and millions do not lose unemployment benefits is the best and last option left. Go for it Senators.

    December 30, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. n, tx

    Republican compromise, don't forget Americans elected u, next election we might not vote for u,

    December 30, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama is still playing the same old game. He got it right out of Vaudville. WITH YOUR MONEY AND MY BRAINS, WE WILL GO PLACES. Raise taxes on the rich and no more hiring.Bauamby cares for you but the rich only care for themselves. Gee I wonder why they hired you??

    December 30, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. darth vader's daughter

    Mr. President is done at the end of this 4 year term. Personally I support anyone who keeps the money on the table, not under the table for free po tic presents from other's stock market money! And truthfully, Ben Burn a ke has been with the Feds and needs to retire, there wasn't any change as promised by the current president when it came to the feds cover the ars of back door banking.

    December 30, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Have these fools vote then make sure the whole country knows who voted for them or for the 2%. There goes a lot of rethug votes in 2014. Then again, we are talking about the south who needs all these programs more than the rest of the country but they continue to vote for their god and backwoods life and not for their own good.

    December 30, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Grumpy2012

    Disingenuous. This debate has been centered by Obama and the media over raising the taxes on the rich and not one word of specific spending cuts. This "new" Senate bill will be more of the same. It's only purpose is to blame the Republicans.

    The Republicans don't want ANYONE'S taxes to go up. That is simply class warfare. And raising the taxes on the "rich" only brings in $84 billion a year. Obama wants much much more.

    The news headlines will be "Republicans vote to extend tax cuts for the rich", when in actuality, they are voting against the most massive tax increase in history.

    December 30, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Pete

    Pres.Obamas message is clear and he isn't for the rich and republicans are still fighting him over it..Remember republicans we'll remember you at midterms and there's more Democrates that vote than republicans so say good bye to your jobs and just maybe your party will go extinct,it should if voters have their say just like after the Great Depression you couldn't buy a republican a vote,they were that hated!!

    December 30, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |