On Wednesday, President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) held a phone call amid the negotiations on a deficit deal. Aides confirmed the phone call, cut would not say what was discussed.
Previously, after Obama offered an initial proposal with $1.6 trillion in tax increases and $400 billion in entitlement program savings, Republicans countered with an offer that raises $800 billion in new tax revenue but does not raise tax rates. Obama dismissed the proposal.
Obama and top Democrats have said they cannot agree to any plan that does not include any increases on tax rates for the highest-income earners.