December 27th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Obama, Senate back in Washington as fiscal cliff deadline looms

Let the endgames begin.

After a Christmas holiday, President Barack Obama returned to Washington from Hawaii and the U.S. Senate reconvened Thursday as the deadline approached for going over the fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.

However, the House remained on Christmas break, with members warned they could be called back on 48 hours' notice if needed.

Hopes for a so-called grand bargain that would address the nation's chronic federal deficits and debt appeared dashed for now, with four days remaining to reach agreement on a smaller plan that would avoid the harshest effects of the fiscal cliff's tax increases and slashed spending.

With House Republicans unable to resolve the impasse, the focus shifted to the Democratic majority in the Senate to come up with a way forward that could pass the House and get signed into law by Obama.

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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. jefflz

    The right wing Tea Party extremists have a strangle hold on the House. Boehner is a servant of the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, Karl Rove and the very rich. Grover Norquist has more power than the American electorate. The GOP is spitting in the face of all the citizens in defense of their masters wishes.

    December 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hamsta

    The tea party didn't commit a 6 page long list of felonies including terrorism, that was your beloved Occupy movement. SThe problem isn't the Gop, it's Obama and his socialist elite.

    December 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Hamsta go crawl back under your rock ,fool

      December 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      The fools re elected Obama, the fools want to tax the rich and can't figure out why their benefits and pay are being cut.

      December 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lam The Mogul

      I agree

      December 28, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    Here is an idea how to avoid financial cliff reduce the pay by 15% for anyone that is governmentally employed I guarantee it will create a surplus in 5 years too.

    December 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Right on, and we shouldn't have to pay such ridiculous pensions for a government that forgot they work for us.

      December 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Agreed, Hamsta.

      December 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    On mark. We saw these puppeteers gleefully pulling their strings during the elections in tandem with foreign lobbies and special interests. GOP dancing to their tune is no longer news.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Good morning folks
    On mark. We saw these puppeteers gleefully pulling their strings during the elections in tandem with foreign lobbies and special interests. GOP dancing to their tune is no longer news.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      So pandering to gays and illegal immigrants and forcing companies to pay for suzie's birth control isn't special interest groups, foriegn interests and lobbying? Wait a minute that's how the antichrist got re elected. Guilty conscience.

      December 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lam The Mogul

      I like u Hamsta. People have to stick to their values.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Gay people should have the same rights as every other citizens.
      Obama has sent back more illegal immigrants than any other President.
      Obama is not the anti-christ, and Obama got elected by the popular vote AND the electoral college.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Marriage is a privelege given to you by God, marriage is an agreement between 1 God, 1 man and 1 woman. Government has no place in that agreement. True gays have the government given right to exist, but don't forget the word sodomy came from somewhere showing God clearly does not approve and is the final word.

      December 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Now you can believe what you want to believe, but I know what I know and you can't yell me anything about God until you meet the grim reaper as I already have.

      December 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bad Ronald

      Marriage is NOT a priveledge given by God, and denying civil rights to a segment of society because of religious beliefs must always be struck down. This is a secular nation and religious beliefs must never be legislated into law. If you don't want to marry a gay person, don't_but you have no right to deny that to others.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    "House members warned they would be called back with 48hrs notice if needed". This must be a joke.
    Aren't they needed now?. If not then they might as well stay away for keeps & good riddance.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @ the prophet
    would you include the MIS & its employees in that sphere?

    December 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Read that MIC (Mil.Ind. Complex). regret the typo.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Admittedly abuse of system and welfare programs is a given in any society. That is to be plugged. Calling Pr.Obama the antichrist or Americans feeding off handouts which he in your opinion solely doles out to be relected hardly makes sense.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      May not make sense to you, but it's true. Obama has made it much easier to milk the system dry. You should see the welfare junkies cutting up with their government phones and their section 8 housing and food stamps . CNN deletes my post every time I mention the word for the illegal activities they spend their crazy checks on while their sasquatches for kids play in traffic because mommy just uses them as a paycheck.

      December 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      But hey that's why we call him the food stamp president, as well as do his own people, that government phone is also refered as an Obama by the welfare junkies.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Government phones were not put on place by Obama.
      Reagan started that.
      I haven't looked up when Section 8 started, but I do know that it's far older than the sitting POTUS's administration.
      Does the system need work? Absolutely. Is the system President Obama's fault? Ansilutely not.

      December 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Cellphones were barely available to the public when Reagan was president, you had to be rich to own one and it didn't get used much because airtime was outragously expensive. They didn't start giving away free cellphones to food stamp recipients until 2010. Hence the name Obama phone. Cell phones are a luxury, I need mine for work purposes, but I didn't own a phone at all until 2007.

      December 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bad Ronald

      Life Line was the plan that was set in motion so poor people could have a telephone, the old landline sort. With the people shifting to cell phone usage and dropping landlines, the switch to cell phones was made. Do some research, please.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    My posts are now disappearing.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Awesome post @ hamsta @1:10 and @ jeff and @ prophet! For once we agree on something hamsta lol!

    December 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Then of course you must have missed out on GOP candidates being pampered & propped up by Big money & a foreign lobbies during the elections.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      And big money pays for everything so it would be wise to listen to them.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Hamsta, are YOU a l%er? You sure defeed them alot!

    December 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Because the rich man gives me a paycheck, if you punish the rich man he will decrease your pay, maybe lay you off, or even worse pack up his business and move to mexico. Hollywood South is across the street from the window I pick my paycheck up at. Why? Because California already did tax the rich. If you do that nationally Mexicans will your job when that factoy moves to mexico.

      December 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      I have a simple question for you greedy 99%ers who want to count someone elses money and demand that they spend it as you see fit, and that question is: How much of your time , your effort, or your money have you given to charity or the less fortunate. If that amount does not exceed that of a 1%er then you you have no right to complain. I spent the night after Christmas feeding the homeless athiests reminding them that jesus fed them. What have you done lately?

      December 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cindy

    Oh well.

    December 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. s kel

    Why do extream right wing republicans even exist? Do remind us that demons exist?

    December 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      And you socialist crab in a bucket democrats would rather pull the succesful man who supports all of us (some work and earn it, some leech a don't deserve it.) back into the bucket and make everyone even more poor than they were to begin with. Every one of you socialist crab in a bucket democrats should be exiled to Greece so you can live in socialist paradise.

      December 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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