House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he remains hopeful that he can reach a deal with President Obama to avert the year-end "fiscal cliff," but the onus is now on Obama to put spending cuts on the table as part of a deficit reduction.

In a brief update on the status of the negotiations delivered from the well of the House floor, Boehner acknowledged that he and Obama spoke this weekend, a conversation he termed "nice" and "cordial." But he quickly added, "We're still waiting for the White House to identify what the spending cuts the president is willing to make."