Arlington, Va., Dec 7 (Reuters) - The White House is
prepared to consider "any serious offer" from congressional
Republicans to prevent sharp year-end tax increases and spending
cuts, but an increase in tax rates must be part of the deal,
Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday.
"The president's ready to respond to any serious offer put on
the table," Biden said.
He forecast that if both sides "act like adults" and can
compromise, economic growth will strengthen. The U.S. economy,
which added 146,000 jobs in November, is moving in the right
direction, Biden said.