Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were close to a deal Monday to cancel historic tax hikes for most Americans. But they were still hung up on spending, with Democrats resisting a Republican proposal to delay automatic spending cuts for just three months.
As President Obama prepared to deliver remarks about the “fiscal cliff” at 1:30 p.m. at the White House, negotiators for the administration and McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to have nailed down many of the most critical tax issues, including a plan to let taxes rise on income over $450,000 a year for couples and $400,000 a year for individuals, according to people in both parties familiar with the talks.
The “fiscal cliff” situation is still looking pretty grim, but Democrats and Republicans continue to insist that they’re making headway in their continued negotiations on Monday. While we’re certainly hopeful that the two sides can come together in agreement to prevent tax hikes for 90 percent of Americans, it’s hard to have much faith when they’ve got less than twelve hours to reach a compromise that has eluded them for months.
We guess now would be as good a time as any for everyone to start crossing their fingers…