Boehner says stalemate persists in "fiscal cliff" talks

WASHINGTON Fri Dec 7, 2012 11:24am EST

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gestures during a news conference on the fiscal cliff, after a closed GOP meeting at Capitol Hill in Washington, December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gestures during a news conference on the fiscal cliff, after a closed GOP meeting at Capitol Hill in Washington, December 5, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that talks this week with President Barack Obama produced no progress, and he renewed his demand that the president provide a new offer to avert "the fiscal cliff."

At a Capitol Hill news conference, Boehner accused the president of "slow-walking the economy" toward a crush of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes at year-end.

(Reporting By Thomas Ferraro and Kim Dixon; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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