Top US Republican lawmaker to hold press conference shortly

December 19, 2012

Top Republican lawmaker John Boehner will hold a press

conference at 2:15 p.m. (1915 GMT) on Wednesday, a congressional

aide said, where he is expected to respond to White House calls

to move quickly to resolve the year-end fiscal cliff of spending

cuts and tax hikes.

Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, is pushing

a bill that would extend low tax rates except on income of $1

million and above.