U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of last year's failed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sure, the rich are going to pay higher taxes. But an upcoming budget deal may also mean higher airline ticket prices, phasing out Saturday mail delivery and added prescription drug costs for the military. Negotiators are also looking to claim cuts to farm subsidies and modest curbs to food stamps as they seek to accumulate savings toward a multitrillion-dollar budget pact. "All this stuff is hard. There's nothing easy here," says Portman, R-Ohio, which sifted through a long roster of often arcane budget cuts and new fees. "But if everybody feels like everybody else is contributing, it makes it easier."
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of last year's failed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sure, the rich are going to pay higher taxes. But an upcoming budget deal may also mean higher airline ticket prices, phasing out Saturday mail delivery and added prescription drug costs for the military. Negotiators are also looking to claim cuts to farm subsidies and modest curbs to food stamps as they seek to accumulate savings toward a multitrillion-dollar budget pact. "All this stuff is hard. There's nothing easy here," says Portman, R-Ohio, which sifted through a long roster of often arcane budget cuts and new fees. "But if everybody feels like everybody else is contributing, it makes it easier."
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WASHINGTON — House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion “fiscal cliff” counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue — but not raising rates for the wealthy. The White House declared the Republicans still weren’t ready to “get serious.”

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