Langevin: Fiscal cliff deal 'well within reach'
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) says a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff is ‘‘well within reach’’ after the House of Representatives announced plans to return to Washington to face the year-end deadline.
The Rhode Island Democrat sent a letter Wednesday House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) urging him to call the chamber back into session to work on a solution. The House is now expected to reconvene on Sunday.
If Congress and the president don’t negotiate a deal, taxes will rise and billions in federal spending will be cut. Student loans could get more expensive. Military contracts, university research grants and social service spending would be reduced significantly.
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) says the stakes are high and called on Boehner to pursue a bipartisan compromise.