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'Fiscal cliff' talks continue over weekend, no breakthrough

Negotiations continued over the weekend focusing on spending cuts, taxes and the farm bill.

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US President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn upon return to the White House on December 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama returned to Washington under pressure to forge a year-end deal with Republicans to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts of the "fiscal cliff." (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Negotiations over the so-called "fiscal cliff" continued over the weekend focusing on spending cuts, taxes and the farm bill.

Sources close to the talks told Politico there is still no sign of a breakthrough.

President Barack Obama met with Congressional lawmakers in a 65-meeting meeting at the White House Friday and called the discussions "moderately optimistic."

The President and members of Congress are trying to hammer out a deal before January 1, to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases.

More from GlobalPost: No deal after meeting between Obama and Congressional leaders

Congress returns on Sunday, and the Senate leaders could present a deal but, according to ABC News, there is no concrete proposal as of yet.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) worked on Saturday with their aides to hammer out the details of a deal, Politico reported.

In his weekly radio address, Obama warned "we just can’t afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy,” the Hill wrote.

 

 

 

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