Senate Agrees To Kick Can For Two Months; Breached Debt Ceiling Untouched

Well, we appear to be nearing a mini 'delay' deal of some sort. The agglomeration of headlines continues with Senate deals on and off, Biden proclaiming victory yet Senate Democrats are said not have consented (yet).



  • *WHITE HOUSE SAID TO REACH BUDGET DEAL WITH REPUBLICANS

  • *SENATE FISCAL CLIFF VOTE POSSIBLE BY 10:30 P.M.: REID SPOKESMAN

  • *SENATE DEMOCRATS SAID NOT TO HAVE CONSENTED TO DEAL


State of the idiocy appears to be: The 2-month sequester delay: cuts would come half from defense & half-non-defense. 2 month window to give all sides time for bigger deal. No debt ceiling resolution. Tax rises for 400/450k, Cap Gains/Dividend up to 20%, small rise in estate tax and restrictions on personal tax deductions. Simple - as we have said for a while - assuming this passes seamlessly, this is nothing but a can-kicking delay to the 'extraordinary' debt ceiling date - two words - Stop.Gap. And in two months, it's not just the sequester but the debt ceiling too. Enjoy your night.


Via AP:








A Democratic aide says the White House and congressional Republicans have reached an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.


 


The measure would extend Bush-era tax cuts for family incomes below $450,000 and briefly avert across-the-board spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies this week.


 


Vice President Joe Biden was set to sell the agreement to Senate Democrats at a meeting at the Capitol on Monday night.


 


The aide required anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly.


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