Leading lawmakers expressed pessimism that a deal was close, despite increasing angst about a Dec. 31 deadline to stop the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and separate across-the-board spending cuts that are the result of Washington's failure to complete a deficit-reduction deal last year."I think it's getting worse, not better," House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said.
Fiscal Cliff Talks Appear To Be Stalled
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