WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says it appears that an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff is "in sight," but says it's not yet complete and work continues.
Obama says this has been a "pressing issue on people's minds," and tells an audience of middle-class taxpayers the deal would, among other things, extend unemployment benefits for Americans "who are still out there looking for a job."
He voiced regret that the work of the administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill won't produce a "grand bargain" on tax-and-spend issues, but said that "with this Congress, it couldn't happen at that time."
Officials familiar with the negotiations say an agreement would raise tax rates on family income over $450,000 a year and increase the estate tax rate. .
THV 11's Dustin Wilson is talking with Sen. Mark Pryor (D) and Rep. Tim Griffin (R) on Monday to see how the fiscal cliff could impact Arkansans, whether a deal is reached or not. Look for their opinions on THV 11 tonight and on TodaysTHV.com .
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