By Amie Parnes - 11/28/12 07:29 PM EST
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Rob Nabors, the White House director of legislative affairs, will meet Thursday with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill for discussions on the so-called "fiscal cliff."
Geithner and Nabors will have four separate meetings with Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Reid McConnell sets up vote to begin debate on defense policy bill The Trail 2016: Dems struggle for unity Senate candidate taunts Sanders: Why don't you endorse Alan Grayson? MORE (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell McConnell sets up vote to begin debate on defense policy bill Overnight Healthcare: Congressional report finds NFL 'acted improperly' in concussion study This week: Defense, energy bills top agenda MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerJohn Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince House GOP budget 'SWAT' team is formed GOP rep to retire, opening 10th Florida seat MORE (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
In brief remarks at the White House, Obama vowed to "go anywhere" and "do whatever it takes" to reach a compromise.
“It’s too important for Washington to screw this up," Obama said. "Now’s the time for us to work on what we all agree to, which is let's keep middle-class taxes low. That’s what our economy needs. That’s what the American people deserve.”
Obama said he remained hopeful that a deal could be worked out before Christmas.
Republicans said the administration officials should come with a plan to address spending cuts — not just tax hikes on the wealthy.
“We accepted this meeting with the expectation that the White House team will bring a specific plan for real spending cuts – because spending cuts that Washington Democrats will accept is what is missing from the ‘balanced approach’ that the President says he wants,” a spokesman for BoehnerJohn BoehnerJohn Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince House GOP budget 'SWAT' team is formed GOP rep to retire, opening 10th Florida seat MORE said.
This story was updated at 3:35 p.m.