House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE (R-Ohio) opened post-election talks over the fiscal cliff — the combined automatic spending cuts and expiring tax cuts set to take effect at the beginning of 2013 — by saying he could accept increased revenue (but not higher rates) in a deal, so long as it also addressed entitlement programs.
The groups also call on policymakers to promptly avert the cliff. They want to see all lower tax rates extended, as well as various tax provisions (including a patch to the alternative minimum tax). Furthermore, Congress should find spending cuts that could replace the across-the-board sequester cuts set to take effect.
Once the cliff is averted, the groups want to see Washington take on comprehensive tax reform and establish a long term plan to "address America's excessive spending, particularly entitlement spending."