* No visible signs of progress in "fiscal cliff" impasse * Doubts on whether Italy will continue economic reforms * Treasury to sell $66 billion of debt this week By Chris Reese NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury debt prices were little changed on Monday as worries about budget squabbles in Washington were offset by investors pushing for price concessions ahead of $66 billion in debt sales this week. Treasuries rose early on a safety bid as investors fretted that fighting among U.S. lawmakers would push the country into a fiscal crisis, along with political rumblings in Italy and expectations for further monetary policy easing by the Federal Reserve when it meets this week. But gains were trimmed as the Federal Reserve bought nearly $2 billion of Treasuries maturing February 2036 through November 2042 as part of its "Operation Twist" stimulus program. President Barack Obama and Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner met on Sunday but reached no agreement on ways to stop large-scale, automatic fiscal tightening from kicking in next year. Economists fear the "fiscal cliff" of $600 billion worth of tax increases and spending cuts could send the U.S. economy back into recession. Nor was the news abroad any more calming to jittery markets. In Italy, Prime Minister Mario Monti on Saturday said he would resign once the budget for 2013 was approved. Monti was trusted by investors to bring down Italy's huge debt and is credited with stabilizing the country's bond markets. But former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right party withdrew support for Monti last week, and Berlusconi said he could run to become a premier for a fifth time. His comment raised fears that Monti's successor may not continue his economic reforms and Italy could again come to the forefront of the euro zone debt crisis. Treasuries were supported by "the prospect of more Fed buying and global uncertainties and very weak growth/recession forecasts into 2013, not to mention the fiscal cliff," said Richard Gilhooly, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York. Benchmark 10-year Treasury notes were trading 01/32 higher in price to yield 1.620 percent, from 1.62 percent late Friday, while 30-year bonds were 02/32 higher to yield 2.807 percent, compared with Friday's 2.81 percent. The Treasury will sell $32 billion of three-year notes on Tuesday, $21 billion of 10-year notes on Wednesday and $13 billion of 30-year bonds on Thursday. Investors often move to undercut prices heading into such auctions. "With the lack of data today, the market will focus on the equity market direction, news of the fiscal cliff, and the set-up for this week's supply of three-year, 10-year and 30-year paper," said Tom di Galoma, managing director at Navigate Advisors LLC in Stamford, Connecticut. A better-than-expected November jobs report on Friday did little to alter expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to muster some additional bond-buying plans at its two-day meeting that begins on Tuesday. Many investors expect the Fed at the close of the meeting will announce it will buy $45 billion per month of longer-dated Treasuries beginning in January to replace the current Operation Twist stimulus program that expires at the end of December. Under Operation Twist, the central bank is selling shorter-dated U.S. government debt and buying longer-dated Treasuries to extend the duration of its balance sheet. Analysts say the Fed has few shorter-dated Treasuries left to sell but is very likely to continue buying longer-dated debt next year, which would expand the central bank's balance sheet.