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Obama takes fiscal cliff case to toy factory in Hatfield

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 29 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 30 2012 05:43:45 PM CST

While lawmakers in Washington squabble over the best way to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, the commander-in-chief is on the road selling his solution.

While lawmakers in Washington squabble over the best way to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, the commander-in-chief is on the road, selling his solution. 

President Obama visited the K'NEX factory in Montgomery County on Friday.  The president visited the Hatfield toy factory to continue his push to extend middle class tax cuts past the first of the year. He's calling on folks to reach out to Congress to get it done.

Before taking the stage in his first official visit outside the White House since re-election, President Obama toured the Rodon Group manufacturing plant where they make K'NEX.

"I've been keeping my own naughty and nice lists for Washington, so you should keep your eye on who gets some K'NEX this year," joked President Obama. "There's going to be some members of Congress who get them and some who don't."

The president was in town to mount a campaign to build support for Bush-era tax cuts in households earning $250,000 or less, while allowing increases to kick in for the wealthy.

President Obama told the crowd he's ready to sign the bill if the House passes it.

"The sooner Congress gets this done, the sooner our economy will get a boost."

He said the fiscal cliff is looming. According to the president, an average family of four could see taxes jump up by $2,200 if the cuts are not extended.

"If Congress does nothing, every family in America will see their income taxes automatically go up on January 1," said Obama.

He's urging folks to contact their lawmakers and encourage them to support the tax-cut extensions, saying he believes both parties will work together.

"I'm going to be asking for all of you to make your voices heard over the next few days and the next couple of weeks."

But so far, Republicans and Democrats appear to be in a stalemate.

"If you've watched me over the last three weeks, I've been very guarded in what I have to say because I don't want to make it harder for me or the president or members of both parties to be able to find common ground," said Republican House Speaker John Boehner.