The Straits Times
Published on Dec 10, 2012

Obama meets with top Republican on fiscal cliff


WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama and House of Representatives speaker John Boehner met on Sunday to discuss the so-called impending fiscal cliff of steep tax hikes and spending cuts.

No details of the talks were given, but a statement from Mr Boehner's office said "the lines of communication remain open".

That sounded relatively upbeat compared to Mr Boehner's statement on Friday, when he reported "no progress" in deficit talks. He accused the White House of recklessly pushing the country to the fiscal brink over tax hikes.

The last time the two leaders had spoken was on Wednesday, by telephone.