House Speaker John Boehner
They just couldn’t get anything done. A high-stakes meeting at the White House to avoid the next fiscal cliff at midnight ended with no deal, but instead another round of the blame game.
There was more squabbling in Washington on Thursday as the nation prepared to go over the latest fiscal cliff — $85 billion in budget cuts.
On Friday, Congress will finally vote on the first bit of aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy. That won’t be soon enough for thousands of people, including a Staten Island man who is left out in the cold.
Just 24 hours after he was reviled by his colleagues in Congress for delaying a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief, John Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House on Thursday.
The debate over federal aid for Superstorm Sandy has infuriated many elected officials, but it is more than a war of words for those still struggling in the aftermath of the devastating storm.
The clock is ticking in Washington. Lawmakers are running out of time to avert the “fiscal cliff.”
Tax doomsday is looming, but it’s still a political standoff in D.C., with one side seemingly waiting for the other to act. While the Senate is already in session, the House will not be back before Sunday.
President Barack Obama was to return to Washington on Thursday after cutting short his Christmas vacation in Hawaii. The Senate will be in session. But so far the House of Representatives has no plans to meet.
There were signs Tuesday that a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” may be in the offing. President Barack Obama blinked on tax hikes and so did House Speaker John Boehner.
The fact is it won’t be a merry Christmas if there is no deal on the so-called fiscal cliff, because without a compromise tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts kick in.
For tens of thousands of people in the Tri-State Area, the “fiscal cliff” debate is more than just a Washington political battle. Many in the middle class here are wondering how they’ll make ends meet if their taxes go up on New Year’s Day.
As the so-called “fiscal cliff” gets closer, there is still no agreement on taxes and budget cuts in Washington. No deal means everybody’s taxes will go up in a little less than three weeks.
New Jersey residents would be the hardest hit in the nation, with the average family of four paying an extra $6,933. That same family in Connecticut would ante up an extra $6,653 and in New York, $4,103.
Even as the country barrels toward the fiscal cliff, there was much confusion about what exactly lies ahead – both for regular people and the country as a whole.
Will it be four more years of partisanship or will both sides find a path to compromise? And will the Republican party see the outcome of campaign 2012 as a mandate to “re-image” itself?
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