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Beebe, governors urge Obama to avert 'fiscal cliff'

By Bloomberg News

This article was published December 4, 2012 at 11:25 a.m.

— U.S. governors urged President Barack Obama to quickly reach a compromise with Congress to avert the so-called fiscal cliff so they can plan for potential cuts when state legislatures meet next month.

“Something’s got to get done,” said Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, a Democrat, at a news conference Tuesday after meeting with Obama at the White House. They met to make sure “the voices and the issues that we face as governors in the states are heard and considered,” he said.

The Obama administration and lawmakers are discussing ways to avert the fiscal cliff, a combination of more than $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to take effect in January.

Federal budget cuts “will have a huge impact upon our individual state budgets,” said Mary Fallin, the Republican governor of Oklahoma, at the news conference.

Obama invited members of the executive committee of the National Governors Association to the White House for talks on the budget negotiations, the effect on states and potential compromises with Congress.

Governors at the meeting also included Democrat Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Democrat Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Republican Gary Herbert of Utah and Republican Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Obama put Vice President Joe Biden in charge of following up with the governors.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Jackabbott says... December 4, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.

There is no fscal cliff, California is not going to fall into the Pacific, the moon is not going to fall into the Atlantic. This is just poliical baloney to force people to accept something that is not decent in hopes of avoiding a straw man.

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jetjohn says... December 4, 2012 at 12:47 p.m.

Arrogant Obama won't work with Congress. He doesn't want to REDUCE HIS SPENDING! He put Biden to follow-up with the Governors! What a joke!!! Obama will never compromise. He thinks he's right on everything!

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RonalFos says... December 4, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.

The Republican party needs breaking! The majority of Americans say they will blame Republicans if we go over the cliff without an agreement. Obama won an overwhelming election and Republicans only retained the House because of gerrymandering not because they got the majority of votes.

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RonalFos says... December 4, 2012 at 4:01 p.m.

A Washington Post/Pew Research Center survey - If there's no deal, according to the poll, by a 53%-27% margin people say Congressional Republicans will be more at blame than Obama, with 12% saying both sides should be equally blamed. Among independent voters, 52% would blame Republicans and 21% would point fingers at the president.

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