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Obama Urges Americans To Push Congress To Make A Deal On Fiscal Cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday he believes that members of both parties can reach a "framework" on a debt-cutting deal before Christmas, making his case with a mix of optimism and pressure on congressional Republicans to keep tax rates from rising on the middle class.

"I am ready and able and willing and excited to go ahead and get this issue resolved in bipartisan fashion so that American families, American businesses have some certainty going into next year," Obama said.

“The American people are watching what we do,” Obama said. “When the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, Congress listens.”

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