Obama spoke to Congressional leaders about budget deal

The White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer has revealed that Barack Obama spoke to all four Congressional leaders about the impending budget deadline before he left Hawaii:

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President Obama spoke to all four Congressional leaders yesterday before departing for Washington, DC

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Obama hails US budget deal

Barack Obama has hailed a deal to avoid a "fiscal cliff" of stark tax hikes and spending cuts. The US House of Representatives backed the bill by 257 votes to 167.