“We have kicked the can down the road for far too long. We’re not going to do it anymore,” said Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat. “The American people deserve certainty. The only way to have that certainty is to make sure that we start paying for things. And one way to do that is have the richest of the rich pay a little bit more.”
The mixed messages on spending have added to the murky nature of the fiscal cliff negotiations, in which Democrats and Republicans are fighting over the expiring George W. Bush-era tax cuts and the $110 billion in automatic cuts to domestic and defense spending that were included in the deal reached last year to increase the nation’s borrowing limit.
Democrats want to raise taxes on families making at least $250,000 a year, and Republicans are calling for cost-saving reforms to the nation’s entitlement programs, such as Medicare.
Mr. Obama and Mr. Boehner met Sunday at the White House in an attempt to jump-start the stalled talks — though they refused to elaborate on the details of their conversations.
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