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.