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Thursday’s Republican approach is a time-worn strategy, putting people on the record at a crucial point during negotiations, to show their rivals and the public that they’re willing to take a stand, no matter how hopeless. The debate allowed them to go before the House — and the American public — insisting that they have a position and the Democrats don’t.
"President Obama and Senate Democrats haven’t done much of anything. Their Plan B is to slow-walk us over the fiscal cliff," Boehner told a news conference. Obama did offer a plan earlier this week that includes $1.2 trillion in new revenue and $1.22 trillion in spending cuts.
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