WASHINGTON (AP) - There are hints of concessions to come but no actual signs of tangible progress in negotiations between the White House and congressional leaders on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.
The hints at fresh concessions on taxes and cuts to Medicare and other benefit programs come from the White House and a key congressional Democrat. Increasing numbers of rank-and-file Republicans also said they are ready to give ground.
That would be a boost for House Speaker John Boehner and other party leaders.
President Barack Obama says he'll "do whatever it takes to get this done."
He says it's "too important for Washington to screw this up."
There were no face-to-face talks between the administration and lawmakers Wednesday, but the White House is dispatching Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and top legislative aide Rob Nabors to a series of sessions with congressional leaders on Thursday.