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A Sassy Merry Christmas from Mitch McConnell: 'I'm Stuck Here in Washington'

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- It’s a Christmas greeting with a few digs reflecting the frustration over the fiscal cliff stalemate from Senate Minority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
In a video just posted to his You Tube page, the Minority Leader, sitting in front of a fireplace and Christmas tree says, “Hello I’m Senator Mitch McConnell. I’m stuck here in Washington trying to prevent my fellow Kentuckians having to shell out more money to Uncle Sam next year, but I wanted to take just a minute to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.”
McConnell then instructs Americans to drink eggnog, sing carols and enjoy their time together – because Washington has all the arguing covered already.
“So pour some eggnog, turn up the Christmas music and enjoy your family. No need to argue with your family, there is plenty of arguing in Washington to go around. Merry Christmas everyone.”
Senator McConnell will not be part of the Senate delegation that will fly to Hawaii Saturday for the late-Sen. Inouye’s funeral on Sunday. Aides to the Minority leader will not confirm where McConnell will be during the holiday. They say plans are in flux, but that as of now he will be in Washington, D.C. for Christmas.

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Holidays on the Hill? Obama, Congress Might Stay in DC Over Payroll Deal

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate Democratic leadership huddled with President Obama in the Oval Office Wednesday morning over the payroll tax cut fight in Congress, and emerged with a united message.

“We’re going to stay here as long as it takes to get this done,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said.  ”We will stay here to Christmas and even to New Years to get this done.”

This goes for President Obama too, who told Democrats on Wednesday that he will stay in Washington, D.C., and miss or delay his annual Hawaiian vacation if the payroll tax cut extension, which expires at the end of the year, is not passed before the holidays.

“He said Michelle and the girls will have a great time in Hawaii, they won’t need me there,” Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said paraphrasing what President Obama told them in the meeting Wednesday morning.

Democrats said the president also gave them an emphatic warning.

“The president made it clear in our meeting in the Oval office this morning, he is committed to this payroll tax cut for working families across America,” Sen.Dick Durbin, D-Ill, said, “(and) gave us fair warning: we’re staying in Washington until we get the job done.  Our holiday gift to American families is not going to be a tax increase.”

With dueling plans in the House and the Senate between parties, Senate Democrats on Wednesday warned that the House of Representatives -- and notably Speaker of the House John Boehner -- will be “embarrassed” if the House adjourns for the year without passing a plan out of both houses of Congress.

“Don’t go home Speaker Boehner because we’re going to be here and you’re going to be embarrassed if you do,” Schumer said.

The House is aiming to conclude its legislative business by Dec. 16, but with little time and no way forward towards a deal few believe that a payroll tax extension can be negotiated and settled before then.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


GOP Address: Rep. Pitts Thanks Troops During Holidays, Celebrates Life

Photo Courtesy - House dot gov / Pitts(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., thanked U.S. troops and celebrated the gift of life in this week's GOP address.  After weeks of policy debate and the passage of new legislature, Pitts took time to reflect on the things for which Americans can be grateful.

"As another year comes to a close, the American people rise to meet the challenges of our time with resolve and determination," he said.  "Before tackling the challenges that lie ahead, we join together to reflect on our blessings."

After reminding Americans about families in less-than-fortunate situations, Pitts calls attention to U.S. troops that have volunteered to be separated from their families to "volunteer for extraordinary tasks in the defense of freedom."

"As a Vietnam veteran myself, I know the stress of being separated at this time of year.  To those wearing the uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world at this hour, know that we are behind you and we join your loved ones in praying for your safe return home."

Pitts also thanked American doctors, nurses and emergency responders "working around the clock."

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