Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., addresses reporters about ongoing discussions about the so-called fiscal cliff on Dec. 18. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the Capitol on Wednesday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives on Capitol Hill Thursday. The House has postponed an expected vote on the tax portion of the fiscal cliff cuts. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after his weekly news briefing at the U.S. Capitol Thursday. Boehner said negotiations with President Barack Obama to are stalled until the White House offers more federal budget spending cuts. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama in the Oval Office, where there may be some more late night bargaining sessions before a deal is reached to keep the federal government from going over the "fiscal cliff." (December 2009 file photo.) Pete Souza/The White House hide caption

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Boehner Faces Conservative Backlash Over 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

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Obama And House GOP Engage In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Only Briefly With Each Other

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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, seen here on NBC's Meet the Press on July 10, 2011, took to the Sunday talk shows to make the administration's case on the negotiations over the "fiscal cliff." William B. Plowman/AP hide caption

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Getting started: President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the start of today's meeting. Larry Downing /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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