Fiscal cliff

Reid says it will be ‘extremely difficult’ to reach deal on deficit before Christmas

by Jonathan Easley, The Hill  |  published on December 12, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday it would be “extremely difficult” for Washington to reach a deal before Christmas to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.”

“We can do things very quickly, but this is not something we can do easily,” Reid said at his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.

“But until we hear something from the Republicans, there’s nothing to do … I think it’s going to be extremely difficult to get this done before Christmas,” he added.

Reid said splits within the Republican Party over how to move forward in negotiations were slowing efforts at a deal.
Reid’s comments came after Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) earlier in the day delivered a rare House speech, also suggesting that little progress had been made in talks.

Boehner accused President Obama of dragging out the negotiations and said the White House needed to “get serious” about identifying spending cuts to reach a deal.

“Where are the president’s spending cuts?” Boehner asked. “The longer the White House slow-walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff.”

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