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Washington Dec. 29
1. Capitol beauty shot
2. Senate floor
3. SOUNDBITE: Sen. Roy Blunt - R Missouri(Transcript Below)
4. White House beauty shot
5. Soundbite President Barack Obama
6. House floor
7. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama(Transcript Below)
8. Capitol Beauty Shot
It looks serene from the outside but Senators are said to be working furiously inside trying to find a way to avoid the pending fiscal cliff.
With just a couple of days left in the year Senate leaders are groping for a compromise that would avoid middle-class tax increases and deep spending cuts.
SOT Senator Roy Blunt (R- Missouri),
"Economists not representing either political party have continually warned that going over the so-called fiscal cliff will lead to devastating job losses at a time when American families and small business owners are still struggling to get back on their feet."
Something the president agrees with.
We just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy.
However the parties differ on just how to avert such a crisis and it's that lack of consensus that could prove insermountable.
If they still want to vote no, and let this tax hike hit the middle class, that's their prerogative - but they should let everyone vote.
That vote could come as early as this weekend in the Senate with the House expecting to act soon afterwards.
______ Associated Press