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Chronicling the Senate's effort to avert the cliff
January 1st, 2013
06:30 PM ET

Chronicling the Senate's effort to avert the cliff

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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Washington, DC (CNN) – It is not difficult to blame Congress for the last-minute, still-unfinished work on the fiscal cliff. But it may be more useful to look at why Congress now regularly ends up in this situation, and how it handles it.

CNN Radio spent four days chronicling the Senate talks over the fiscal cliff which included at least two major breakdowns in negotiations and, of course, the final 2 A.M. vote on Tuesday.

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-ME, who voted for the bill but was unhappy with the continued problems in negotiations, said:

[4:26] “Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does, right? More than anything else it suggests a detachment of the real world – from the reality of the average person and what they face on a daily basis”

Listen to the process and the sounds of the Capitol during the final days of the Senate's effort to avert the fiscal cliff.

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CNN Radio News Day: January 1, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a House Democratic Caucus meeting to discuss the legislation that would blunt the effects of the 'fiscal cliff' before a rare New Year's Day session.
January 1st, 2013
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CNN Radio News Day: January 1, 2013

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  • What does it take to get a deal in today's Congress? The fiscal cliff talks  over the past few days reflect a place in crisis negotiations. Retiring Republican Senator Olympia Snow was quite blunt yesterday. She talked to reporters just after one deal had fallen apart.

"Even I would have a hard time thinking it would get this bad at this juncture. Just when you think it can’t get worse it does, right? More than anything else it suggests a detachment of the real world – from the reality of the average person and what they face on a daily basis."

As of this posting the U.S. House has yet to act on a Senate bill. As it stands it would put off budget cuts for two months and preserve Bush-era income tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 or couples earning less than $450,000. FULL POST

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