Hanna weighs in on fiscal cliff negotiations

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is slow-walking talks to avoid the fiscal cliff, and hasn't outlined spending cuts he's willing to support as part of a compromise.

Local Congressman Richard Hanna said Tuesday, "The sense of urgency is huge and I believe cooler heads will rule and they will find ways to work together. "

Hanna adds that we may see a number of things push forward to decide later.

"Right now it seems like things are fairly stalled. Both sides have planted their positions."

Hanna said he will wait and see what happens.

" I don't think a compromise is treason," Hanna said. " I think we will see some compromise on both sides."

In a downbeat assessment of negotiations to date, the Boehner said the longer the president drags the talks, the closer the economy gets to the fiscal cliff and the threat of a new recession.

Meanwhile, the Senate Republican leader is calling on President Barack Obama and Democrats to spell out where they would cut government spending as part of any deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Sen. Mitch McConnell complained on Tuesday that Obama has spent his time talking about raising tax rates but has failed to specify where he would reduce out-of-control government spending.

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