By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 11/17/12 7:03 AM EST
President Barack Obama repeated his call Saturday for Congress to extend the Bush-era middle-class tax cut without delay, as he and congressional leaders work on a larger agreement to avert a looming fiscal crisis.
“We shouldn’t hold the middle class hostage while Congress debates tax cuts for the wealthy,” Obama said in his weekly address, echoing comments he made Wednesday at his first press conference since Election Day.
“Let’s begin our work by actually doing what we all agree on. Let’s keep taxes low for the middle class. And let’s get it done soon — so we can give families and businesses some good news going into the holiday season,” he said.
At the meeting, “everyone agreed that while we may have our differences, we need to come together, find solutions and take action as soon as possible,” Obama said.