President Barack Obama says he believes that members of both parties can reach a debt-cutting deal before Christmas.
The president says legislators face important deadlines in the coming weeks, and he feels the voices of the American people need to be a part of the debate.
Obama says we need to "approach this problem with the middle-class in mind."
The president is urging the public to pressure Congress through social media, pointing to #My2K on Twitter -- a reference to the estimated $2,200 tax increase a typical middle-class family of four would see if the Bush tax cuts expire.
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