Pelosi: GOP ‘fiscal cliff’ proposal has more signatures than ideas

December 13, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol, Dec. 13, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla -- Getty Images)

The prospect of another two-day work week is angering House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who called on Republicans to keep the House in session through the weekend if necessary in order to tailor a deal to avert the impending "fiscal cliff."

"Last week we went out on Wednesday morning. This week we’ll probably go out on Thursday morning after coming in on Tuesday. Two two-day work weeks in a row. This is just not right," she said at her weekly televised briefing.

"What we have to do is politically engineer a solution," Pelosi added later. "If we agree that we will have a solution and that we will avoid the cliff -- as I think we all should agree to that -- then what are the steps we need to take and how quickly can we take them so that we at least have a week of consumer confidence that can improve. But we have a week when the year comes to an end when the markets have the confidence to move forward."

When asked, Pelosi dismissed suggestions that it would be politically risky for President Obama to present Republicans with a more detailed spending cut plan.

"The president has been very specific," Pelosi said, charging later that "Republicans put out a letter that had more signatures than it had ideas, and it had like one number."

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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