Obama, Party Leaders Launch Fiscal Cliff Talks, Eye Long-Term Reforms

The first step in finding a way to prevent $607 billion in tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect in January will be to reach agreement on a framework to address long-term tax and entitlement reforms in 2013, congressional party leaders say after a meeting with President Obama. The president and members of Congress used their first meeting since the election to lay out a basic plan for proceeding with negotiations, but avoided any discussion of specific proposals or numerical targets for revenues or spending cuts, House Minority Leader Pelosi tells reporters. Pelosi says she wants negotiations to produce at least $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. That number is on par with White House goals, aides say, and the president wants about $1.5 trillion of that savings to come from increased revenues.

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