With President Obama and his family spending Christmas in Hawaii and lawmakers also heading home for the holidays, talks to avert the fiscal cliff are on hold.  But they may not stay that way for long.

FOX News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz reports from the White House:

The President wants Congress to resume work right after Christmas, so too North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad.

(Sen. Conrad) "I would hope that we would have one last attempt here to do what everyone knows needs to be done."

Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso suspects the President doesn't really want a deal.

(Sen. Barrasso) "He gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs.  He gets to cut the military, which Democrats have been calling for for years, and he gets to blame Republicans."

Before heading to Hawaii, the President suggested Congress pass a measure avoiding a tax hike on incomes under $250,000, extends unemployment insurance, and then work out the rest later.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.

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