With negotiations on a comprehensive deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" moving slowly, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called for a backup plan that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for Americans with incomes of up to $1 million a year. The "Plan B" would allow automatic cuts in domestic and military spending to go forward in January. White House aides rejected Boehner's suggestion but said they are optimistic a broad compromise can be achieved.

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