Obama, Boehner hold phone call on debt talks

President Obama and Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRepublicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt Freedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights GOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan MORE (R-Ohio) spoke by phone Wednesday afternoon amid a stalemate in the fiscal cliff negotiations, the Speaker's office said.

A BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRepublicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt Freedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights GOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan MORE spokesman would not give any further information on the call. On Monday, Boehner told reporters that he had not spoken to Obama since the previous Wednesday. Republicans are urging the White House to respond to its offer of $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction, including $800 billion in new tax revenues.

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The administration has said it would not make a counteroffer until Republicans agree to higher tax rates on the wealthy.