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Jan 4, 2013

Insight: “Fiscal cliff” fracas: From smiles to distrust to rancor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It began so optimistically.

On November 16, after their first “fiscal cliff” session with President Barack Obama, the four leaders of Congress had stood in the driveway of the White House shoulder-to-shoulder for what is a rare photo these days, Republicans and Democrats together, smiling.

There they were at the microphone, talking about a “framework” for tax reform and deficit reduction.

Jan 4, 2013

‘Fiscal cliff’ fracas: From smiles to distrust to rancor

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) – It began so optimistically.

On Nov. 16, after their first “fiscal cliff” session with
President Barack Obama, the four leaders of Congress had stood
in the driveway of the White House shoulder-to-shoulder for what
is a rare photo these days, Republicans and Democrats together,
smiling.

There they were at the microphone, talking about a
“framework” for tax reform and deficit reduction.

Jan 3, 2013

Record number of women sworn into new U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – If the new U.S. Congress that
convened on Thursday turns out to be less confrontational, more
willing to reach reasoned, bipartisan compromise, less … well
… on steroids, there could be a reason.

A record number of women were sworn in as members of the
113th Congress as a result of elections last Nov. 6.

Jan 3, 2013

Analysis – U.S. Republicans start new Congress bruised and divided

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the wake of bruising fights in their own ranks over the “fiscal cliff” and aid for victims of super storm Sandy – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives open a new Congress on Thursday more divided than ever.

While their leader, Speaker John Boehner, seems in no danger of losing his position because of the divisions, his ability to speak for his membership in the House appears greatly diminished.

Jan 3, 2013

Analysis: Republicans start new Congress bruised and divided

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the wake of bruising fights in their own ranks over the “fiscal cliff” and aid for victims of superstorm Sandy – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives open a new Congress on Thursday more divided than ever.

While their leader, Speaker John Boehner, seems in no danger of losing his position because of the divisions, his ability to speak for his membership in the House appears greatly diminished.

Jan 3, 2013

U.S. Republicans start new Congress bruised and divided

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – In the wake of bruising fights
in their own ranks over the “fiscal cliff” and aid for victims
of superstorm Sandy – Republicans in the U.S. House of
Representatives open a new Congress on Thursday more divided
than ever.

While their leader, Speaker John Boehner, seems in no danger
of losing his position because of the divisions, his ability to
speak for his membership in the House appears greatly
diminished.

Jan 2, 2013

House Republicans weigh last-ditch challenge to fiscal deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress headed toward another showdown over the “fiscal cliff” on Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives mounted a last-ditch effort to reshape a tax deal meant to prevent Washington from pushing the world’s biggest economy into recession.

If successful, the measure would set up a high-stakes showdown with the Democratic-controlled Senate and risk a stinging rebuke from financial markets about to open in Asia.

Jan 1, 2013

U.S. Senate approves ‘fiscal cliff’ deal, crisis eased

WASHINGTON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – The Senate moved the U.S.
economy back from the edge of a “fiscal cliff” on Tuesday,
voting to avoid imminent tax hikes and spending cuts in a
bipartisan deal that could still face stiff challenges in the
House of Representatives.

In a rare New Year’s session at around 2 a.m. EST (0700
GMT), senators voted 89-8 to raise some taxes on the wealthy
while making permanent low tax rates on the middle class that
have been in place for a decade.

Jan 1, 2013

U.S. Senate approves bill to avert ‘fiscal cliff’

WASHINGTON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly
approved legislation to avert the “fiscal cliff” on Tuesday -
two hours after a midnight deadline – by stopping most of the
tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts that were due to
begin with the new year.

After an 89-8 vote in the Senate, the measure now moves to
the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which is
expected to consider it later on Tuesday.

Jan 1, 2013

“Fiscal cliff” tumble looms despite Senate efforts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States was on track to tumble over the “fiscal cliff” at midnight on Monday, at least for a day, as lawmakers held back from supporting an eleventh-hour plan from Senate leaders to avert severe tax increases and spending cuts.

The U.S. House of Representatives looked unlikely to vote on a Senate “fiscal cliff” plan before midnight, possibly pushing a legislative decision into New Year’s Day, when financial markets will be closed.

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