No House Vote Before Midnight, US To Go Over "Cliff"

7:21 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- The House will miss the midnight deadline set for voting to avoid the "fiscal cliff," according to the Associated Press.

House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote Monday evening on other, less controversial bills. The group says these will be the only votes of the day.

Ed McDonald, press secretary for Rep. Howard Coble, says there is a GOP members-only meeting at 5 p.m. in the House.

President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Monday they are near a deal to avoid wide-ranging tax increases and spending cuts--the "fiscal cliff"--that take effect with the new year.

Both said they were still bargaining over whether--and how--to avoid $109 billion in cuts to defense and domestic programs that take effect on Wednesday.

It's still unclear whether the Senate would vote Monday.

Congress could pass later legislation retroactively blocking the tax hikes and spending cuts.

The Associated Press/Rep. Howard Coble's Office

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