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Republicans offer Obama short-term 'cliff' fix

Published on Nov 8, 2012 5:49 AM
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) makes remarks on Capitol Hill on Nov 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. Boehner discussed the looming fiscal cliff and called on President Obama to work with House Republicans. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Republicans laid down negotiating terms on the looming "fiscal cliff" on Wednesday, telling just re-elected President Barack Obama they would accept closing loopholes but not higher tax rates to boost revenues.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said that Republicans were ready to make a short-term fix to avert the economy-crunching spending cuts and higher taxes slated to come into law on Jan 1.

But he said a longer-term deal to cut the country's debt and deficit burden would have to rely on a shakeup of the tax code - cutting loopholes and special breaks - to boost government revenues rather than Democrat-favoured tax increases.

"Mr President, the Republican majority here in the House stands ready to work with you to do what's best for our country," Mr Boehner said.

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