Fiscal Cliff Notes for Dec. 1, 2012
30 days to the fiscal cliff
FACTS ON THE FISCAL CLIFF: FACTCHECK.ORG SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT
How did we get to this "fiscal cliff?" What does it mean? The non-partisan FactCheck.org has a new primer on the facts and figures related to the looming "fiscal cliff" battles. Check out the entire briefing HERE.
OBAMA SATURDAY ADDRESS: PUSHING CONGRESS (AGAIN) TO PRESERVE TAX CUTS, HUNTING FOR A FEW GOP VOTES
"If we could just get a few House Republicans on board," says Obama in his Saturday radio address as he hunts for GOP House votes to extend the tax cuts set to expire on Dec. 31.
REPUBLICAN SATURDAY ADDRESS: SEN. ORRIN HATCH HITS OBAMA ON THE FISCAL CLIFF
Excerpt: Hatch says, "... the President has an obligation to first steer us away from the fiscal cliff...But we'll never get there with the unserious plan the President proposed this week." As only 30 days remain, Sen. Hatch presses, "The longer the White House waits to get serious is a day closer to going over the fiscal cliff, and the harder it will be to find a solution."
On Friday, Josh Earnest a White House spokesman was asked if Obama was going to be talking to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). This is the exchange with the answer a non-reponse response.
Q And will the President talk to Boehner or McConnell today?
MR. EARNEST: I don't have any scheduling updates to read out but --
Q Can you keep us posted?
MR. EARNEST: I will try. As you know, the President will regularly have phone consultations with Congress that we don't often -- we don't read out every one.
Q Or often.
MR. EARNEST: But we'll do our best.