President Obama & House Republican Leader John A. Boehner gesture while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi & Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid look on in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the government appears headed over the so-called fiscal cliff because of a lack of progress in bipartisan negotiations.
The Nevada Democrat says it's up to congressional Republicans to come up with a plan that both houses would pass and President Barack Obama would sign.
Reid says of missing the Dec. 31 deadline to avoid the fiscal cliff, quote: "it looks like that's where we're headed."
Major tax hikes and spending cuts will hit most Americans if Congress and the White House don't reach a compromise by the year's end.
Obama calls congressional leaders on fiscal cliff
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama has made separate phone calls to congressional leaders to discuss the impending fiscal cliff.
A White House official says Obama called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur), Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi late Wednesday. The president made the calls before leaving his Hawaiian vacation for Washington, D.C.
The calls come amid little progress before the Dec. 31 deadline to avoid the fiscal cliff. Americans face major tax increases and spending cuts if Congress and the White House fail to reach a compromise by the end of the year.