Boehner to pursue 'plan B' in fiscal cliff talks

Boehner to pursue 'plan B', seeks bill to extend tax cuts on people making up to $1 million

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Boehner to pursue 2nd legislative track on taxes

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FILE - In this July 30, 2011, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Obama and Speaker Boehner met at the White House today in search of a compromise to avert the economy-threatening "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner is proposing a 'Plan B' option to keep taxes from increasing on people making less than $1 million on Jan. 1.

A Boehner aide says the speaker is calling on Congress to pass a bill on only the tax cuts, while also working with the White House to avert the "fiscal cliff," which includes a series of spending cuts.

The aide said Boehner presented the proposals to the House GOP during a caucus meeting Tuesday morning. He informed the president of his 'Plan B' option during a phone call Monday night.

The aide requested anonymity in order to discuss private negotiations.

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