House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama Friday of "slow walking the country's economy right to the edge of the fiscal cliff."
There's little progress in negotiations aimed at preventing a series of sharp tax increases and spending cuts.
The president and House Republicans have traded offers that each side then rejected.
Boehner says the ball is in the President's court.
He reiterated his position that a tax hike on the rich would hurt the economy, but did not flat out reject the idea.
"There are a lot of things that are possible to put the revenue that the president seeks on the table," Boehner said. "But none of it's going to be possible if the president insists on his position. Insists on my way or the highway."
Democrats are saying the latest lower unemployment figures are proof the president's methods are working.
They say it's time for the Republican-led house to bring the middle class tax cut bill up for a vote.
"Is this a forever protection of the wealthiest people in our country at the expense of the middle class," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. "This decoupling is so central to solving our fiscal challenge that we have now."
Obama visited with a middle class family in Virginia Thursday, taking his message of higher taxes for the rich and tax cuts for the middle class to the public.