UPDATE: White House Threatens Veto Of Boehner's 'Plan B'
UPDATE: President Barack Obama says he is prepared to do "tough things" for a "fiscal cliff" deal and says there is no reason for the talks to fail.
The president said he remains optimistic that a deal can be done, even though talks have reached a standstill.
Negotiations between the White House and Boehner's office on a deal to raise revenue and cut spending have stalled since House Speaker John Boehner decided to seek a vote in the House on a narrow bill that would raise taxes on taxpayers earning more than $1 million.
Obama has proposed raising the top tax rate for those earning more than $400,000 along with savings and spending cuts of $1.2 trillion.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama would veto House Speaker John Boehner's 'Plan B' proposal for extending tax cuts for people making up to $1 million.
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says it is unlikely that such a bill would pass the Senate. In a statement, he says the deficit reduction that would result from the 'Plan B' approach is minimal and offers no spending cuts.
Pfeiffer says Obama urges Republican leaders to work with the White House to find a reasonable solution instead of engaging in "political exercises." Unless both sides reach an agreement, a series of tax hikes and spending cuts will go into effect starting Jan. 1.
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