Obama, Boehner express optimism on avoiding 'fiscal cliff'

President Obama said he believes that members of both parties can reach a framework on a debt-cutting deal before Christmas.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, center, flanked by Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Steny Hoyer on the left and Vice Chairman of JP Morgan Chase Jimmy Lee on the right, holds a photo opportunity in her office at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 before a meeting between House Democratic leaders and business leaders from the Campaign to Fix the Debt. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, center, flanked by Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Steny Hoyer on the left and Vice Chairman of JP Morgan Chase Jimmy Lee on the right, holds a photo opportunity in her office at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 before a meeting between House Democratic leaders and business leaders from the Campaign to Fix the Debt. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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