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'Fiscal cliff' deal reached between White House, lawmakers

Last updated on: January 1, 2013 09:35 IST

'Fiscal cliff' deal reached between White House, lawmakers

Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal in Washington

The White House and congressional lawmakers have reached a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that would delay harsh spending cuts by two months, Obama administration officials said on Monday.

President Barack Obama called Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who both signed off on the deal, one source said.

The agreement includes a balance of spending cuts and revenue increases to pay for the delay in the automatic spending cuts that would go into effect without a deal by lawmakers.

Of those spending cuts, 50 per cent would come from defense and 50 per cent from non-defense areas, the sources said. The White House viewed that as a victory, one source said, and sees it as a model for future deficit reduction pacts.

Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss the deal.


Photographs: Mary F. Calvert/Reuters

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