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Locals and tourists react after "fiscal cliff" is averted

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 - 01:00

Jan. 2 - As U.S. President Barack Obama resumed his family vacation in Hawaii, some commuters and tourists criticized lawmakers who narrowly reached a ''fiscal cliff'' deal. Sarah Irwin reports.

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After lawmakers narrowly reached a fiscal cliff deal - U.S. President Barack Obama arrives back in Hawaii - to resume his family vacation. The deal - which averted possibly devastating tax hikes and spending cuts - marked a victory for Obama. But - the president and congressional Republicans now face an even bigger hurdle - as budget battles over spending cuts and raising the debt ceiling - loom over the next two months. Frustrated commuters and tourists in Washington criticized the political showdowns. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KARL MUENCH, TOURIST FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS: "The deal is not done. They have kicked the can down the road." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADAM DORIUS, WASHINGTON COMMUTER: "It's kind of lame it took so long." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHERYL SANDERS, WASHINGTON COMMUTER: "I'm almost wondering why do we even have a Congress." Republicans who agreed to raise taxes on the wealthy to avoid the fiscal cliff, have vowed the next deal will have to include major cuts on government programs.

Locals and tourists react after "fiscal cliff" is averted

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 - 01:00

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