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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the negotiations with Capitol Hill on the looming fiscal cliff in front of middle class Americans while in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the negotiations with Capitol Hill on the looming fiscal cliff in front of middle class Americans while in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, December 31, 2012....more

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the negotiations with Capitol Hill on the looming fiscal cliff in front of middle class Americans while in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) (left) reads notes about a possible deal in the Senate as he and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) (center) stand for separate television interviews at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) (left) reads notes about a possible deal in the Senate as he and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) (center) stand for separate television interviews at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012....more

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) (left) reads notes about a possible deal in the Senate as he and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) (center) stand for separate television interviews at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the negotiations with Capitol Hill on the looming fiscal cliff in front of middle class Americans while in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the negotiations with Capitol Hill on the looming fiscal cliff in front of middle class Americans while in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, December 31, 2012....more

U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the negotiations with Capitol Hill on the looming fiscal cliff in front of middle class Americans while in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Sen. Max Baucus, (D-MT) is questioned by media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

Sen. Max Baucus, (D-MT) is questioned by media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

Sen. Max Baucus, (D-MT) is questioned by media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert
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Former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA), who was on a tour, greets U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) (right) as he waited for a television interview at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA), who was on a tour, greets U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) (right) as he waited for a television interview at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012....more

Former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA), who was on a tour, greets U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) (right) as he waited for a television interview at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) (left) talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) (left) talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) (left) talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A man walks past the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

A man walks past the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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