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December 12, 2012


Fiscal Cliff Talks May Extend Past Christmas

House Republican leaders warned their members they may have to return to Washington after Christmas, claiming that "serious differences" remained in negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff," according to The Hill.

Meanwhile, TPM reports that Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) thinks House Speaker John Boehner may be waiting until he's re-elected Speaker when he'll have greater flexibility to cut a deal.

Said Van Hollen: "I'm getting increasingly concerned that one of the reasons the Speaker is deciding to, I think, string out these discussions is that he wants to wait til January 3 when the election for Speaker takes place and he's concerned that any agreement he reaches if it violated the so-called Hastert Rule could undermine support for him in his caucus and make it more difficult on January 3."














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