Here is a look at the two proposals, which are aimed at averting a more drastic combination of tax increases and spending cuts that economists say could cause a recession:
House Republican leaders on Monday called for $2.2 trillion in new deficit reductions over 10 years.
When counting deficit reductions enacted last year, anticipated savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and some interest savings, the package would amount to $4.6 trillion in reductions over a decade, according to House Republicans.
The offer made the following proposals to achieve $2.2 trillion in new deficit reductions over 10 years:
* $800 billion in new revenue through tax reform;
* unspecified healthcare program savings of $600 billion;
* other savings from changes to unspecified mandatory spending programs of $300 billion;
* tying cost-of-living increases for federal benefit programs to the Consumer Price Index to get savings of $200 billion;
* and further unspecified savings to domestic spending programs of $300billion.
HouseSpeaker John Boehner of Ohio and six other House Republican leaders made the offer on Monday in a letter to Obama.
The White House on Thursday proposed raising tax revenues by nearly $1.6 trillion, in line with what Obama has said is needed for long-term deficit reduction of nearly $4.4 trillion over 10years.
The administration also sought $200billion in economic stimulus from a combination of investments including infrastructure spending, extension of a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits.
TheWhite House would also continue individual income tax cuts from the administration of former Republican President George W. Bush for all but the wealthiest earners.
Obama'snegotiators also sought the ability to raise the nation's borrowing limit unilaterally. At present, Congress must approve an increase in the debt ceiling.
The administration's proposal would delay across-the-boardspending cuts for a year. In exchange the administration agreed to make $600 billion in spending cuts to entitlement programs.
(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Kim Dixon and Kevin Drawbaugh; Editing by Fred Barbash and Vicki Allen)
Photograph: President Barack Obama; Courtesy Reuters