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Obama keeps pressure on Congress for deficit deal

Posted on: November 22, 2011


Targeting Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, President Barack Obama is in New Hampshire, a political battleground, to begin a year-end push to extend payroll tax cuts.

U.S. President Barack Obama says he will veto any effort to undo automatic spending cuts that would kick in in 2013. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

During a speech Tuesday at a high school, the president was to argue that a failure to extend the tax breaks would hurt middle-class families already struggling amid a shaky economy, effectively daring congressional Republicans to block a measure and thus increase taxes.

“If we don’t act, taxes will go up for every single American, starting next year. And I’m not about to let that happen,” Obama said Monday, previewing the message he was expected to deliver.

The White House says a middle-class family making $50,000 a year would see its taxes rise by $1,000 if the payroll tax cuts are not extended.

Earlier, supercommittee co-chairs Patty Murray, a Democratic senator from Washington, and Jeb Hensarling, a Republican House representative from Texas, said despite “intense deliberations” the members of the panel had been unable “to bridge the committee’s significant differences.

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