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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:01 AM

Senate negotiators yet to reach ‘fiscal cliff’ deal as clock winds down

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/senate-negotiators-search-for-deal-to-avoid-the-fiscal-cliff/2012/12/30/7d546aee-521c-11e2-950a-7863a013264b_story.html?hpid=z1

Vice President Joseph Biden and Sen. Mitch McConnell were locked in urgent talks late Sunday over the “fiscal cliff” after Democrats offered several significant concessions on taxes, including a proposal to raise rates only on earnings over $450,000 a year.

With a New Year’s Eve deadline hours away, Democrats abandoned their earlier demand to raise tax rates on household income over $250,000 a year, as President Obama vowed during the recent presidential campaign.

They also relented on the politically sensitive issue of the estate tax, according to a detailed account of the Democratic offer obtained by The Post, promising to stage a vote in the Senate that would guarantee that taxes on inherited estates remain at their current low levels, a key GOP demand.

Still, McConnell (R-Ky.) was holding out to set the income threshold for tax increases even higher, at $550,000, according to people close to the talks in both parties. And he was protesting a Democratic proposal to raise taxes on investment profits for households with income above $250,000.

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FreakinDJ Dec 2012 #1

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:00 AM

1. Yet both the Full House and Senate worked into the night to save Big Banks

Surely you remember the Bank Bailout

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