Obama: US can't afford across-the-board tax hike

Obama: US can't afford across-the-board tax hike

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US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference November 14, 2012 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama is holding his first press conference since March 2012. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 2:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all Americans and is calling on congressional Republicans to support an extension of existing tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less.

Obama says he is confident that he and Congress can reach an agreement that avoids a so-called "fiscal cliff" on Jan. 1, when all tax rates would revert to Clinton-era levels and a series of deep spending cuts kick in.
 
Obama addressed the fiscal cliff at the opening of a press conference Wednesday in the White House.
 
In saying that the economy can't afford plunging into tax increases at the start of the year, the president distanced himself from some in his party who would prefer the tax increases and spending to occur to gain leverage.

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