Congress Convenes As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Closes In


Representative Xavier Becerra speaks during a press conference with... News PhotoCapitol Hill,Democracy,Economy,Fiscal Cliff,Government,Horizontal,Politics,Press Conference,Talking,USA,United States Senate,Voting,Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPRepresentative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) speaks during a press conference with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. John Larson (D-CT) (C) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) after their caucus meeting in the US Capitol on December 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. Last minute talks stalled Sunday between top US political leaders aimed at averting a fiscal calamity due to hit within hours, as Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for a lack of progress. Top Democrats and Republicans groped for a compromise before a punishing package of government spending cuts and tax hikes come into force on January 1 which could roil global markets and send the US economy back into recession. AFP PHOTO/Molly RILEY (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)