The update on the status of a fiscal cliff deal is that there really is no update but, Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama did meet over the weekend to at least talk about their differences in the matter.
Both the White House and Boehner’s office declined to describe the meeting, putting out identical statements that said, “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.”
Before the meeting, top aides said there was little progress made over the weekend.
It was their first face-to-face meeting in 23 days.
It does seem however a promise of entitlement reform is at least on the table in exchange for a tax hike according to Republican Senator Bob Corker.
“There’s a growing body of folks who are willing to look at the rate on the top 2 percent,” Corker said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The shift in focus in entitlements is where we need to go. … Republicans know they have the debt ceiling that’s coming up around the corner and the leverage is going to shift as soon as we get beyond this issue — the leverage is going to shift to our side.”