Geithner Going to the Hill: Fiscal Cliff

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Timothy F. Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, has complained about President Barack Obama operating more in campaign mode than negotiating gear in the fiscal cliff talks.

The president summoned middle-class Americans to the White House grounds today, and implored them to tweet their members of Congress asking for action on preservation of the Bush-era tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000 by year’s end.

On Friday, Obama will travel to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to make the same case at a toy factory — suggesting that an agreement averting that fiscal cliff offers an early Christmas present for Americans concerned about how much money they will have next year.

“We already know the president’s a very good campaigner. We congratulate him on his re-election,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said this week. “What we don’t know is if he has the leadership qualities to lead his party to a bipartisan agreement on big issues.”

McConnell’s wish will come true Thursday:

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Rob Nabors, the White House legislative liaison, will head to Capitol Hill for separate meetings with all of the top leaders of the House and Senate: McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
Read more: McConnell: Obama needs to end campaign, talk to his party – Washington Times

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