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Boehner fiscal cliff plan can’t pass Senate, Reid says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says a House Republican backup plan for avoiding the ‘‘fiscal cliff’’ can’t pass the Democratic-run Senate.

House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he was preparing a backup plan for averting the ‘‘fiscal cliff’’ if President Barack Obama fails to agree to a compromise that is evenly balanced between tax increases and spending cuts. Boehner’s backup plan would continue tax cuts for people earning $1 million or less, but allow tax increases on those earning more than that. Still, the Ohio Republican said his talks with Obama will continue.

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Without an agreement, taxes will rise for nearly every American on Jan. 1 and wide-ranging spending cuts will also begin taking effect.

Reid said Boehner should focus on negotiations and not succumb to tea party pressure.

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