Obama 'cliff' offer is flawed but positive - Boehner aides

December 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Aides to House of

Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Monday the latest

White House offer on resolving the fiscal cliff impasse is

flawed but moves negotiations in a positive direction.

"Any movement away from the unrealistic offers the president

has made previously is a step in the right direction, but a

proposal that includes $1.3 trillion in revenue for only $930

billion in spending cuts cannot be considered balanced," said

Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman.

"We hope to continue discussions with the president so we

can reach an agreement that is truly balanced and begins to

solve our spending problem," Buck said.