Obama to Cut Vacation Short to Deal with Fiscal Cliff

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama is ending his Hawaiian vacation Wednesday to make a late-hour bid to reach a fiscal-cliff deal before the year ends.

He will leave Honolulu Wednesday night and should be back in Washington on Thursday, the White House said. First lady Michelle Obama and their daughters will remain in Hawaii.

House and Senate members are expected to reconvene Thursday.

Obama and Republicans have been at loggerheads over how to prevent automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts that will be triggered in the new year without an agreement.

With neither side showing any sign of blinking, the battlefield will probably shift to the Senate this week after GOP disarray in the House stymied any progress before Christmas.

According to multiple Democratic and Republican sources, no weekend conversations occurred between the White House and Senate leaders from either party or their aides.

The main dispute continues to be over taxes, specifically the demand by Obama and Democrats to extend most of the tax cuts passed under President George W.

Bush while allowing higher rates of the 1990s to return on top income brackets.

Republicans oppose any kind of increase in tax rates, and House Speaker John Boehner suffered the political indignity last week of offering a compromise that his colleagues refused to support.

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  • mark

    if this clown wants to go to hawaii at $4 grand a night,,,then he should pay for it with his money or that negro b**ch smart ass flat chested wifes money!……i for one am sick and tired of seeing this puppet in the media everyday all day!!!!!!!…he reminds me of howdy doody…..LOL

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