WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said today that raising taxes on wealthiest Americans must be part of deficit reduction plan but says he is “open to compromise” and “new ideas.”
Obama says he will refuse to accept any approach that “isn’t balanced.”
In his first public comments since the election, Obama said that Congress should pass a bill that would prevent Bush-era tax cuts from expiring for all but the wealthiest Americans. He says lawmakers from both parties need to work together to tackle the nation’s fiscal problems.
The president says he is inviting congressional leaders of both parties to the White House next week for talks on how to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Lawmakers face a Jan. 2 deadline to reach an agreement.