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Move the Fiscal Cliff Deadline Up, Senator Proposes

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In order to make a strong economic showing to consumers and markets the week before Christmas, one senator Wednesday proposed that Congress should move up its deadline to get a deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.
“I propose let's really conscientiously work hard to make sure that we have a framework that we could vote on by the weekend of December 16,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said from the floor of the Senate Wednesday afternoon. “Let's have a strong economy closing of the week before Christmas.”
The White House and Congress’ hard deadline is to come to a deal by Jan. 1 in order to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, the $6 trillion in tax increases that will hit all working Americans and $1.2 trillion in deep spending cuts.
Moving the deadline earlier, to Dec. 16, Mikulski argued, would bring “an enormous sense of boosting consumer confidence” nine days before Christmas.
“I think it's a disaster for our demonstration of our ability to govern, and I think it's a disaster for our standing in the world. We need to show that we can govern ourselves,” Mikulski said, “Think about what a signal this would be to middle-class people on Main Street and also the people on Wall Street. Because business would have certainty, we would have consumer confidence and we could have a new self-confidence about ourselves that we could govern.”
Mikulski’s pie-in-the-sky call for an earlier deadline may be a little hard to reach around Capitol Hill, best known for pushing deal making to the last second of most deadlines.
The House of Representatives target adjournment date for the holidays is Dec. 14. The Senate does not have a target adjournment, and say they will stay in session as long as it takes to get a deal.
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White House Misses Deadline Outlining Defense Cuts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- White House officials Friday acknowledged that they had not met the deadline to outline how the president would make the defense cuts required by law because of the failure of the bipartisan, poorly-named Super-committee to agree on $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years.

Because of the failure of the Super-committee, a self-imposed sword of Damocles will fall, requiring $1.2 trillion in spending cuts that neither Democrats nor Republicans desire, specifically $109 billion from Pentagon and domestic spending in just the next year. These cuts are called the “sequester.”

One month ago, the president signed the “Sequestration Transparency Act,” a law that imposed upon him a 30-day deadline to outline what Pentagon spending will be cut. That deadline was Thursday night.

White House press secretary Jay Carney Friday said White House officials would hand in their assignment next week.

In a statement, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who authored the bill said that “Americans of all stripes are required to play by the rules and follow the laws of the land. Unfortunately, by disregarding the sequestration reporting deadline, the Obama Administration seems to think it is above the law. The American people deserve to know the president’s plan for implementing these cuts, some of which our military leaders have said will compromise our nation’s ability to protect itself. Every day that the administration delays being transparent with the American people on the sequester moves us one day closer to going over the fiscal cliff.”

These cuts are set to take effect on Jan. 1, coinciding with the expiration of $4 trillion in lower tax rates enacted into law by President Bush and extended by President Obama. Combined with the expiration of a payroll tax cut, the whole shebang -- assuming no compromise is reached to delay the massive tax increases and spending cuts -- is referred to as the “Fiscal Cliff.”

It’s all part of the deal over raising the debt ceiling reached in August and July 2011 between President Obama and congressional leaders.

The Super-committee (which is to committees as Supercuts is to cuts, as Jimmy Kimmel once quipped) failed to arrive at any agreement because Republicans were generally unwilling to go along with tax increases and Democrats were generally unwilling to agree on re-structuring any “entitlement” programs such as Medicare.

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