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Report: Geithner to Play Supporting Role in Fiscal Cliff Talks

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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will play a supporting role in negotiations between the White House and Congress on how to resolve the fiscal cliff, GovExec reports.

Steve Bell, a budget analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told the website Geithner will be sought for economic policy advice between likely lead negotiators President Barack Obama, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other lawmakers.

Bell, also a former staff director in the Senate Budget Committee, said Geithner will likely not be in the room when decisions are made.

Stan Collender, a a former Democratic aide to the House and Senate Budget committees, told GovExec the negotiations will be high level between Boehner and Obama and less at a staff or Cabinet level.

Collender added the talks will either result in the cliff happening or the can being kicked down the road, Stacy Kaper writes.

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