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December 31, 2012

House GOP: No vote on ‘fiscal cliff’ deal on Monday


The US House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote Monday evening on other bills. They say that will be their only votes of the day, the Associated Press and others reported.

It remained unclear whether the Senate would vote Monday.

Congress could pass later legislation retroactively blocking the tax hikes and spending cuts.

More from the Associated Press here.

As we predicted, the ball already dropped. No need to watch TV tonight. Dick Clark (RIP) won’t be on anyway, sadly. :(

17:09 // 1 year ago
December 28, 2012
I just had a good and constructive discussion here at the White House with Senate and House leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. And I’m optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that could pass both houses (of Congress) on time; Senators Reid and Connell are working on such an agreement as we speak. But if an agreement isn’t reached in time between Senator Reid and Senator McConnell, then I will urge Senator Reid to bring, to the floor, a basic package for an up-or-down vote — one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike; extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to two million Americans looking for a job; and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction.
PRESIDENT OBAMA, updating the nation on the fiscal cliff talks. (via inothernews)

So basically, if you’re looking to see a ball drop on New Year’s Eve, forget Times Square. Look to Capitol Hill.
18:44 // 1 year ago
December 31, 2011
20:06 // 2 years ago
January 3, 2011
If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesperson Keith Stephens • Regarding the mysterious deaths of as many as hundreds of thousands of fish in the Arkansas River, which follows up the mysterious deaths of thousands of birds at the end of last week. So, we think we know which state Springfield is in, guys. source (viafollow)
11:16 // 3 years ago
January 2, 2011

Other weird harbingers to ring in 2011: Falling blackbirds in Arkansas

  • 1,000+ blackbirds randomly fell from the sky source
10:44 // 3 years ago