Feb 19, 2013 — While the president again charged that Republicans aren't willing to close tax loopholes for the rich, Republicans repeated that they think Obama just "wants to spend more." Automatic cuts are set to start March 1.
Dec 19, 2012 — With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, President Obama argued Wednesday that he's gone "at least halfway" in meeting Republicans' demands. Now, he said, some in the GOP may just be resisting a deal because they find it hard to "say yes to me."
Dec 13, 2012 — President Obama hosted House Speaker John Boehner Thursday, spending nearly an hour together in which they discussed ways to avert the looming "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax hikes that will arrive at the end of 2012. Boehner left the White House at 6 p.m., apparently without reaching a deal.
Dec 13, 2012 — Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said President Obama is making a "serious effort" to work with Republicans. Just 32 percent said Republicans are making a serious effort to work with the Democratic president.
Sep 19, 2011 — He says he won't sign a plan that changes entitlements unless it also asks more from the wealthy. Combined with $1 trillion in spending cuts agreed to this summer, Obama said his plan would trim "more than $4 trillion ... in a way that is fair."
Jul 11, 2011 — But Democrats, the House speaker said, "insist on raising taxes" and are not "serious enough on fundamental entitlement reform. ... It takes two to tango and they're not there yet."