Van Hollen: Obama Has ‘Laid Out a Very Clear Road Map’ for Preventing Fiscal Cliff


Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.) argued Tuesday that President Barack Obama has “laid out a very clear road map” for preventing the fiscal cliff in an interview with Fox News.

“The president already had the Congressional leaders to the White House a little while back,” Van Hollen said.

“People are pursuing different ideas right now to try and prevent us from going over the fiscal cliff,” he continued. “The president has laid out a very clear road map for how we do that.”

The White House released a report Monday on the impact of tax increases on the middle class; Alan B. Krueger, the chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, later dodged questions on the administration’s position on the expiring payroll tax cut and whether the group had studied the impact of the sequester.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to elaborate Monday on a White House plan to engage former Obama campaign volunteers in a grassroots effort for tax hikes on the wealthy.