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Boehner Crafts Compromiser Image While Appeasing Caucus

House Speaker John Boehner says he’s open to a budget deal with President Barack Obama. He may need Democratic help to push any agreement through his chamber.

Pressure from at least 60 small-government House Republicans, most backed by the anti-tax Tea Party, means Boehner must construct a plan for averting the so-called fiscal cliff that can win some Democratic votes. Congress is trying to head off more than $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to begin in January.