President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sat down on Sunday, December 9, for the first time in 23 days to discuss the fiscal cliff, but it seems a deal still has not been reached. However, both men seemed to come to agreement on one item, and that is what to say publicly regarding their talk.
Sunday’s meeting came as a surprise as it was not listed on the president’s official calendar, and both Boehner and President Obama had been accusing one another of refusing to compromise.
Following the talks, both White House spokesman Josh Earnest and Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck issued the exact same statements: "This afternoon, the president and Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. We're not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open."
Sunday's statements are in sharp contrast to remarks from both sides in recent weeks accusing the other of unwillingness to compromise. Last Friday, for example, Boehner told reporters that "no progress" had been made and accused the White House of having "wasted another week."
"There are a lot of things that are possible to put the revenue that the president seeks on the table, but none of it's going to be possible if the president insists on his position, insists on 'my way or the highway,'" said Boehner.
Sunday’s statements did little to shed light on any progress being made on the fiscal cliff.
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