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No deal in sight as 'fiscal cliff' deadline nears

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 27, 2012 at 10:12 a.m. Updated December 27, 2012 at 10:38 a.m.


President Barack Obama talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada at the funeral service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, at the Washington National Cathedral, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. At center is Vice President Joe Biden.

— Progress toward avoiding the “fiscal cliff” seemed stalled Thursday, as the Senate’s top Democrat accused Republican House Speaker John Boehner of acting in dictatorial ways that prevent a solution to looming tax increases and spending cuts.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, speaking in the Senate chamber, said the nation appears headed over the cliff because of a lack of progress in negotiations as the Dec. 31 deadline nears.

He blamed House Republicans, who last week opposed Boehner’s efforts to pass a narrowly crafted bill that would raise tax rates only on the very wealthiest Americans, prompting Boehner to cancel a vote on the bill.

Reid said the House is “being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker.”

“John Boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on sound financial footing,” Reid said.

Reid said the GOP-controlled House easily could have passed a White House-approved plan with a majority of Democratic votes and a few dozen Republican votes. But House leaders generally avoid such tactics, because they might alienate the Republican caucus and jeopardize the speaker’s job.

Also Thursday, the White House said Obama, before leaving Hawaii, called Boehner, Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The White House statement said the president got an update on the “fiscal negotiations,” but offered no detail on who, exactly, was negotiating and whether those talks were getting anywhere.


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PikeCo86 says... December 27, 2012 at 11:48 a.m.

I am sure no one in Washington will miss a paycheck, a meal or some time off. Bring on the term limits.

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RaylanGivens says... December 27, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.

Every last damn one of them needs to be beaten with a baseball bat. All they care about is figuring out how to blame the other side. All of our politicians are scum.

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lazybar says... December 27, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.

as we are all waiting on obozo to finish his last round of golf and return to his empty chair

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FreeSpiritMan says... December 27, 2012 at 1:19 p.m.

lazybar..... the house members are nowhere in sight, but that does not seam to bother you.

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jetjohn says... December 27, 2012 at 1:26 p.m.

Harry Reid is one of the biggest moochers of all!!!! OBUMMER has not agreed to CUT SPENDING!!! Reid thinks Boehner is a dictator.....LOL!!! He needs to look to his liberal PRESIDENT!!!! He's the dictator!!! It's his way or the highway!!!!

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Jjackk says... December 27, 2012 at 1:33 p.m.

Yeah, them bad guys are no good. The good guys are better.

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lazybar says... December 27, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.

they are not the ones taking multimillion dollar vacations on the taxpayers dime

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TomN says... December 27, 2012 at 3:17 p.m.

Seems like we went over the so-called "fiscal cliff" a long time ago. With higher taxes for all and automatic spending cuts across the board maybe we will finally eliminate the national debt, unfortunately at the expense of constitutionally mandated government functions, specifically national defense, etc.

And for those idiots who do not understand US government (those who make me wonder if they ever saw the inside of a civics classroom) and the uniqueness of each of the three branches, don't fault the US House for functioning as it does. It is far more accountable than the other two branches because US Representatives actually have to look their constituents in the eye. I do not expect my US Representative to kiss 0s a$$, nor the US Senate's a$$. Quite the contrary. Whatever 0 or the US Senate may think they want it better be something US Reps and their constituents can live with, otherwise US Reps don't survive long. So much for the perceived power of the President and a US Senator at the grassroots level. A message for those who thought they won because 0 won the Presidency.

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LevyRat says... December 27, 2012 at 3:25 p.m.

This is what happens when you have a NO LEADERSHIP President who only knows how to RAISE TAXES AND SPEND, SPEND AND SPEND SOME MORE. We do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Look closely at your paychecks in January, you will be paying 2% more in payroll taxes, pat yourself on the back, you are now "rich" according to the President.

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RonalFos says... December 27, 2012 at 8:06 p.m.

Congress created this monster and they better damned well fix it. The idiots! I can't believe they are still on vacation. Well, I guess I can. They seem to be on vacation all the time.

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