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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Ryan: Lawmakers farther apart on fiscal cliff talks

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said today that leaders from both parties are "farther than where we started" in continuing negotiations to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year.

"The president's not really negotiating," the Janesville Republican told WTMJ-AM radio talk show host Charlie Sykes this morning. "He's just sort of moving the goal posts and rejecting offers."

Ryan, the House Budget chairman and the party's vice presidential candidate in last month's election, defended Monday's House GOP deficit reduction proposal as a "move to the middle," saying it increased revenues by $800 billion by eliminating loopholes for wealthy taxpayers.

The White House rejected that proposal yesterday, charging in a statement that the plan "includes nothing new and provides no details on which deductions they would eliminate, which loopholes they will close or which Medicare savings they would achieve."

Ryan countered President Obama is instead calling for "even higher taxes ... and no net spending cuts at call," charging that, "He won't even come to an agreement on the parameters of an agreement."

And he said the president's initial proposal leads Republicans to conclude he is moving toward going over the fiscal cliff.

"What I think he would like to do is to be able to let this happen, and then try to blame other people," Ryan charged.


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