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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.

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Obama: 'Republicans have had trouble saying yes to fiscal cliff options'

Barack Obama has told NBC's 'Meet the Press' programme that, "what Congress needs to do first and foremost is to prevent taxes from going up for the vast majority of Americans.

"We have been talking to the Republicans ever since the election was over, they have had trouble trouble say 'yes' to a number of repeated offers."

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