February 19, 2013 While the president again charged that Republicans aren't willing to close tax loopholes for the rich, Republicans repeated that they think Obama just "wants to spend more." Automatic cuts are set to start March 1.
December 19, 2012 With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, President Obama argued Wednesday that he's gone "at least halfway" in meeting Republicans' demands. Now, he said, some in the GOP may just be resisting a deal because they find it hard to "say yes to me."
December 13, 2012 President Obama hosted House Speaker John Boehner Thursday, spending nearly an hour together in which they discussed ways to avert the looming "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax hikes that will arrive at the end of 2012. Boehner left the White House at 6 p.m., apparently without reaching a deal.
September 19, 2011 He says he won't sign a plan that changes entitlements unless it also asks more from the wealthy. Combined with $1 trillion in spending cuts agreed to this summer, Obama said his plan would trim "more than $4 trillion ... in a way that is fair."