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Geithner, Nabors to meet congressional leaders on budget deal

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 Mason ReidDems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism Dems to party: Go on offense with Trump’s alleged affairs MORE (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules Duckworth brings her baby to Senate vote, drawing a crowd FreedomWorks backs Jim Jordan for House Speaker MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSome doubt McCarthy or Scalise will ever lead House GOP Lobbying World McCarthy courts conservatives in Speaker's bid MORE (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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The meetings come a day after President Obama accelerated his push for Congress to accept a budget deal that includes tax increases on the wealthiest Americans. At the same time, he warned of the consequences of allowing rates to increase for the middle class.

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 Andrew BoehnerSome doubt McCarthy or Scalise will ever lead House GOP Lobbying World McCarthy courts conservatives in Speaker's bid MORE said.

This story was updated at 3:35 p.m.