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President Obama to Visit Portland Next Week
12/14/2012 12:11 PM ET  

Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree says the president will visit the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama is coming to Portland next week to pitch his plan for avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree says the president will visit the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday.

No other details on the visit were immediately available. USM officials say they're not sure what time the president will be at the school.

The president has been traveling around the country pitching his case for raising tax rates on the wealthy to help reduce the federal deficit. Republicans are resisting that and insisting that spendings cuts, including changes to so-called entitlement programs, be part of any deficit-reduction package.

If Congress doesn't act, tax rates for nearly all taxpayers will rise on Jan. 1, and across-the-board spending cuts -about half of them from defense - will go into effect.



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