CRASH AND BURN: OVER THE FISCAL CLIFF WE GO

fiscalcliffThe House and Senate both finished legislative work early Sunday evening, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying negotiators were still far apart in talks to avoid January’s “fiscal cliff.”

Both chambers returned for a special Sunday session in hopes of closing a deal, but the day ended with no votes being taken on any bills related to the cliff. The House and Senate had plans to return early Monday morning in the hopes of reaching an agreement that can be passed before the end of the year.

The Senate left just before 7:30 p.m., after Reid warned that there is “significant disagreement” between Republicans and Democrats in negotiations.

But Reid said there is “still time left to reach an agreement” and that he hopes Senate leaders can announce progress when the Senate resumes work at 11 a.m. Monday. “I certainly hope so,” he said.

The House returns at 9 a.m. for morning speeches and will start legislative work at 10 a.m. But like the Senate, the House finished without any firm schedule for Monday.

However, House Republicans have set out a list of 14 suspension bills that they plan to work on while Congress waits for a fiscal cliff deal, and members are likely to…

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