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Fiscal Cliff

December 29, 2012

For Lawmakers Hoping for 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal, So Much to Do and So Little Time

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WASHINGTON —

Most congressional aides, however, have little faith in the speaker's ability to amend anything, because Democrats would withhold their votes and he would need at least 217 Republicans to support him. That would set up a replay of Boehner's ill-fated "Plan B" from last week, in which several dozen Republicans refused to support any increase in tax rates.

If there were not 217 GOP votes to amend the bill, Boehner would then hold a vote. And if enough Democrats and Republicans supported it and Obama were willing to sign it, Washington would have a deal.

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