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Searching for a fiscal cliff deal

The last time the Congress was at work on a Sunday, it was last year when lawmakers were desperately searching for an agreement on a debt limit increase. In that case, political maneuvering ran right up to the midnight deadline.

And it is happening again now on the fiscal cliff.

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Weekend of deal making in Congress

The future of a fiscal cliff deal is now up to Senate leaders as they try to forge a tax and budget agreement, sell it to each party, avoid a series of ever-present procedural hurdles, get it approved by the Senate and then get that measure to the House for …

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A little Congressional civics on the fiscal cliff

I have had a number of emails asking me about what the House passed this year on the fiscal cliff and whether those bills were taken up by the Senate.

That is an issue as both sides blame the other for not reaching a deal on the fiscal cliff, with …

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Forging a fiscal cliff deal

Really, it shouldn’t be so hard to put together a deal on the fiscal cliff, right? Yes, both sides have drawn lines in the sand, but we are down to the end of the year and it should be possible to put together some kind of scaled-back deal, shouldn’t it?

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Fiscal cliff deal could elude Congress

As the Senate returns to work on Thursday morning and President Obama retuns early from a Christmas vacation in Hawaii, the latest five day break from Washington, D.C. does not seem to have produced any way forward on the tax and budget impasse known as the fiscal cliff.

“The lines …

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So much to do in Congress, so little time

As both parties continue to struggle over what to do on the tax and budget fight known as the fiscal cliff, the Congress has only a few days to deal with what is an extensive legislative to-do list of politically tricky items that have been awaiting action for most of …

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Congress gropes for fiscal cliff roadmap

As Senators left town on Friday afternoon for a Christmas break, there was no concrete answer from either party on how the tax and budget impasse known as the fiscal cliff would be solved before the end of the year.

“I have no idea what ought to happen,” said Sen. …

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President praises calls for action on gun violence

A week after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, the White House posted a video Friday morning of President Obama talking about the need for action on ways to reduce gun violence, as he thanked those who had used a special on-line petition to urge action on guns.

“We hear you,” …

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GOP “Plan B” runs aground in U.S. House

As they walked out of a closed door meeting of Republicans in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday night, GOP lawmakers seemed somewhat stunned at the turn of events that had just occurred, as Republican leaders were forced to yank a fallback fiscal cliff plan off the House …

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House to vote on fiscal cliff “Plan B”

It’s not quite clear where the negotiations are going on the tax and budget impasse known as the fiscal cliff, as the verbal sparring increased on Wednesday and Republicans prepare to push ahead with their own fallback plan in the House.

“I hope the President will get serious soon,” said …

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