Senate Adjourns To Monday With No Deal
The 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 said 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.
It is the senate rethugs that are holding everything back, all because McConnell won't work with Boehner on knocking off the rates for the vast majority of poor working people in favor of keeping the rich basking in million dollar luxury rates. If the GOP didn't exist, we'd have NO PROBLEM in ensuring our progressive majority enacts much needed changes.
Mr. McConnell is going to look very bad to the American people.