White House urges opponents not to block 'fiscal cliff' deal

Barack Obama will resume talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff"
Barack Obama will resume talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff" Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The White House has called on congressional Republicans to not stand in the way of a resolution on the US Congress.

Barack Obama cut short a Christmas holiday to resume talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of automatic year-end tax hikes and spending cuts.

"It's up to the Senate Minority Leader not to block a vote and it's up the House Republican leader, the Speaker of the House ... to allow a vote," a senior administration official told reporters.

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