Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President spent several days in talks with Congressional leaders in an ultimately successful effort to reach a bipartisan compromise around the central promise of the president's re-election campaign: preventing an income tax increase on middle class families while asking the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans to pay more to help deal with our deficit. Also, White House staffers shared some of their New Year's resolutions.
Friday, December 28th:
With just four days left before tax rates are scheduled to rise, the President invited Senate and House leaders to try to hammer out a bipartisan agreement to prevent a tax increase on middle class families.
Then, the President made a statement in the Brady Press Briefing room.
Saturday, December 29th:
Monday, December 31st:
The President offered an update about where negotiations stand on the so-called fiscal cliff.
After his remarks, the President visited with some of the middle class Americans who had come to the White House because they had spoken up and gotten involved in the fiscal cliff debate at whitehouse.gov.
Tuesday, January 1st:
The President spoke about the passage of The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 by a bipartisan majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives.