Congress leaves with no real progress on fiscal cliff
September 21st, 2012
08:47 AM ET
8 years ago

Congress leaves with no real progress on fiscal cliff

(CNN) - Despite deep concerns about the economic impact of the looming fiscal cliff and months of talks leading up to this point, Democrats and Republicans are leaving town until after the November elections without making any significant progress resolving their main sticking points.

Meanwhile, economists warn that left unresolved, the fiscal situation could push the country back into a recession.


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  1. w l jones

    They are helping the country at this late season by not saying anything. It about like traveling in deep space as long floating and not bunking into anything the economy is not so bad,

    September 21, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    I'm glad their leaving town because many of if not all the gop obstructionist won't be coming back , ever !!!!!

    September 21, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Real Life Uncertainty
    9 days to October, October we (Middle Class) usually plan our budget for thanks giving and Christmas. Some payments we use to pay on January and February
    These time period we include yearly bill like insurance, property tax and tax in our budget

    Do the congress think the way we think NO

    September 21, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    This nation knows this DARN-WELL, it is not new. The most USELESS, the most HORRIBLE CONGRESS in this national history. Nothing to blame Pres. Obama. Just replace all these Congressional-animals, that too public is having "GUTS". Yes, on OBAMA12.

    September 21, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    Meanwhile, economists warn that left unresolved, the fiscal situation could push the country back into a recession.

    GOP plan numero uno. They couldn't care less unless it can be used against Obama

    September 21, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The only function this Congress has is to "warm seats". I say remove all the chairs, let them stand, making it as uncomfortable as possible for them, and maybe they will get to work.

    September 21, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Joan in MS

    Congress leaving without getting anything done ... is this news?!? This do-nothing Congress has held veterans, farmers and jobs hostage for two years. Who would have expected anything less from these wingnuts?

    September 21, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    REID, shut down the Senate, for political gain reasons.

    The Democrats are subversives.......they are NOT interested in running the country. They are interested in destroying the country!

    September 21, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Push

    Let me Guess, its Obama's fault right

    September 21, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Imagine that. 4 Years of Obama, the "One we were waiting for" and no budget the last 4 years. Harry Reid refused to bring up one Budget. Lyndon Johnson wouldn't stood for no budget because he was a leader. Barrack refuses to lead and Washibngton and the Nation is in a deeper problem that 4 years ago. Re-Elect Obama and we will have no budget the next 4 years.

    September 21, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. enuff

    And they wonder why Congress has such a low approval rating. Plus, they continue to get pzid for their 6 month vacation. If I took as much time off as these yahoos do, I'd be fired.

    September 21, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. ExRepublican

    Let vote Boehner and the rest of the republican out of the office.
    They left without passing the farm bill and they did not pass the veterans job bill.
    Middle class will pay more taxes.
    What do we pay these clowns to do just sit on there behind and look stupid.
    Boehner is not a good leader.
    Romney is disgrace to our country he dont like poor and middle class.
    Romney/Ryan lies about everything now he say love our military but why your friends(republican) voted against veteran job bill.

    September 21, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. PJ

    If this doesn't push Congressional "approval" ratings down to zero, nothing will.
    They have taken 5 weeks off starting the first week of Aug
    Now, not only are they going home until after the election, they will take December off too.
    Then their excuse after the election is "it will be a lame duck session",
    and nothing can be done.
    That means, January will be the first time they deal with the "fiscal cliff".
    I can't think of any other workers, anywhere in America, that have done so little and are still paid. How many of
    you have 6 month paid vacation plans? And the perks are indefensible.
    The worst part of it all is-they obviously don't care.

    September 21, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. LegalizeReason

    No progress? Don't forget that the Republicans in the Senate blocked a jobs bill for veterans. Its time that the GOP legislators take the little American flag pins off their lapels and replace them with a large $.

    September 21, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    John Boehner and Eric Cantor dismissed the House a week early so that their caucus could focus on getting themselves re-elected. Let's hope the voters realize that the berzerkers that came to the Congress in 2010 are a major obstacle towards Congress resolving our nation's problems. The berzerkers only make the problem worse with their sworn intransigence.

    These berzerkers are also an excellent case study as to why there should be a seperation of church and state in a democracy. The hallmark of a democracy is the process of groups with opposing views to reach a common middle ground. When someone is ideologically driven by a theology, then compromise becomes a moral and religious sin. Compromise on issues becomes impossible. These berzerkers who sign pledges are textbook examples of people who find compromise to be a moral sin.

    September 21, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. rs

    Just like fabricating the TEA Party, the GOP will rue the day they cooked up this plan and signed on!

    September 21, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    They're going home without doing their job.

    The republican-led Congress promised JOBS.

    The number of jobs created per month has dropped dramatically since Obama's first year and a half, so it is time to get rid of the republican-led Congress.

    If you sent Republican to the House or Senate, FIRE THEM.

    September 21, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Malory Archer

    With any luck the obstructionists on the right will be leaving town in droves just after the election, never to return.

    September 21, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. myviewis

    Honestly, I think President Obama is okay with this, he's in over his head and frankly has no idea of what to do with our country, the only thing left for Obama to do is sit back and say nothing because he has no idea as to what to propose. It really shows that Obama was not ready for this management job of our country, it shows he truly was and is in over his head.

    September 21, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    Congress also did not pass a Farm Bill before going home for 7 or 8 weeks.

    I guess they can't work together to find a solution for any of the issues of today, but the farmers should give their Representatives Hell when the bums get home. We all should.

    Also I just read where the state Immigration bills, so popular in repug state governments, are costing farmers billions.

    Why do people vote Republican when the repugs do nothing for the people? Unless you're one of the Wealthy.

    September 21, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |