House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 7, 2012, to discuss the pending fiscal cliff. Boehner said there's been no progress in negotiations on how to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts and called on President Obama to come up with a new offer. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 7, 2012, to discuss the pending fiscal cliff. Boehner said there's been no progress in negotiations on how to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts and called on President Obama to come up with a new offer. (Associated Press)