White House press secretary Jay Carney arrives for his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec., 5, 2012.
REDFORD, Mich. — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the “lines of communication are open” between President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner after meeting on the fiscal cliff yesterday, but wouldn’t say they are closer to a deal.
With trillions in taxing and spending decisions due by the end of the year, Carney wouldn’t say what the nation’s top Democrat and Republican discussed, but said Republicans still haven’t budged on raising taxes on the top two percent of wage-earners.
“We’ve yet to see a sentence of specificity from the Republicans on the issue of revenue,” Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday. “And while there has been encouraging statements from individual lawmakers about the realization that rates will go up on the top 2 percent, we haven’t seen anything specific from Republicans with regard to that.”