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Report: Boehner to Call for Bipartisan Fiscal Cliff Strategy Wednesday

Rep. John Boehner

The Hill newspaper is reporting House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will deliver a speech Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill calling for lawmakers to find common ground in averting the fiscal cliff.

According to Pete Kasperowicz’s story, Boehner will say the goal of finding common ground is to grow the economy and create jobs, helping reduce the national debt.

Citing an interview with CNN, Kasperowicz reports Boehner does not believe a grand bargain is possible but lawmakers can develop a temporary fix to avoid the fiscal cliff.

The Hill reports Boehner is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also reached out to Republicans last week, saying both parties know what the issues are and can come together to solve them.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Sunday he is optimistic lawmakers can reach a debt deal and avoid the fiscal cliff, where taxes would go up and more than $100 billion in federal spending would be cut.

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