Obama ups pressure on Republicans over 'fiscal cliff'
30 December 2012 Last updated at 22:33 GMT
US President Barack Obama has increased pressure on Republicans to accept a deal aimed at stopping the country going over a "fiscal cliff".
Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, he blamed Republicans for the deadlock, saying their "overriding theme" was protecting tax breaks for the wealthy.
Congress must reach a deal by the end of the year to stop steep spending cuts and tax rises from taking effect.
Jonny Dymond reports.