Dec 29, 2012 10:41 AM by Marnee Banks - MTN News

Baucus urges action to avoid "fiscal cliff"

WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama met with top Congressional leaders on Friday to try and hammer out a deal before the so called fiscal cliff takes effect next Tuesday, saying he is cautiously optimistic a deal can be reached.

Montana Senator Max Baucus took the floor in the U.S. Senate Friday and called on his fellow lawmakers to reach a compromise, saying that without a deal many Montana families will see an increase in their taxes and the federal government will see mandatory spending cuts.

"These are not just numbers on a page. These are people, and we work for them. Montana families sit down together at their kitchen tables every month and make tough choices to make ends meet. They deserve a Congress that can do the same," the Democrat said.

CBS News reports one of the biggest roadblocks to reaching a deal is Republicans don't want to raise taxes and Democrats have been unwilling to bend on certain budget cuts.

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