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Congress: No Fiscal Cliff Votes Over the Weekend
Both chambers of Congress returned to Capitol Hill on Sunday afternoon, with meetings taking place and negotiations ongoing to avoid the fiscal cliff. Despite hours of back and forth, the Senate announced it won’t be voting on any fiscal cliff package until Monday, at the earliest. It is set to gavel in at 11am ET on New Year’s Eve.
On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden rejoined negotiations among Senate leaders. He was brought back into the fold after early meetings ended with pessimistic expectations from both parties.
LISTEN to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talk about the state of negotiations on Sunday:
LISTEN to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on bringing Vice President Biden back into negotiations:
The House has left the ball in the Senate’s court, but members are back in Washington and resumed work on Sunday afternoon. They voted on leftover bills while they await a package to pass the Senate.