Without cliff vote, some lawmakers make other plans for New Year's Eve
December 31st, 2012
07:56 PM ET
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Without cliff vote, some lawmakers make other plans for New Year's Eve

Washington (CNN) - After House leaders decided to adjourn until Tuesday without a fiscal cliff deal, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy advised members to stay near the Capitol in case a vote comes up.

It's unusual that members of Congress are in Washington on New Year's Eve; the last time it happened was in 1995. Members generally spend the holiday far away from the halls of the Capitol.

So what are some House lawmakers doing in Washington on the last night of 2012? (And how close are they really staying to the office?)

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Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California: "I am going to see 'Lincoln' with a couple colleagues. Seems to be fitting time to see it."

Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York: "Just calling my wife to see if she was up to go out to eat. She said we will talk about it. She is thrilled to be here on New Years Eve. We just had a party, thrown by Nancy Pelosi, from 4 to 6 at a restaurant on the hill. John Barrow of Georgia is trying to corral people to his house for a party. Nancy Pelosi is going to a party at the National Archives. So we have lots of options."

Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida: "Going back to my office to watch CNN with (Rep.) Bob Dold."<a
Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio (if he has his way): "Have a three dog night cinema with our three rescue dogs." But his wife, who was nearby, said the couple was on a few VIP lists for parties downtown.

Democratic Rep. Donald Payne of New Jersey: "Well I am probably just going to go and relax. My family is up in New Jersey so I am here alone. I am going to do what I would have normally done with them."

Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida: "I am going to see the Emancipation Proclamation event this evening.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. N&W 1000

    Obama is an inept dunce. Four years and nothing is better.

    December 31, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Jenny Hays

    Go enjoy yourselves! Take the night off. You all deserve the break and your upcoming raises. Don't worry about The People you have been elected to serve. This is YOUR time to celebrate.

    December 31, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Hope you guys have lots of fun. To bad we the people dont have that many opitions. You guy need to party,i mean with sooooo much work you been getting done over the last year and all.party hard!

    December 31, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Brian

    Why don't you all go spend the evening with a middle class family and see how that goes for you......

    December 31, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Maybe they need to find the Movie, THE LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL. Or just go to Hawaii and play some Golf.

    December 31, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Anthony in California

    Why not work all night? Members of the military aren't taking the night off from protecting us. Why don't these congressmen power through the night until they get something done. Why not start cutting their pay first? I bet that'd create a bit more urgency in getting something done.

    December 31, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Dominos Pizza is giving each GOP member a slice of cardboard with cheese .

    December 31, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. Gmclenuth

    All politicans should give the American people a New Year's present and take the whole year off. Wer don't need these people screwing up our lives.Amen!

    December 31, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Lilly of the Valley

    Time to freeze their paychecks and their pensions. You don't get the job done, You don't pass Go & you don't collect $200. !!!

    December 31, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |

    Just; another move by the Good Old Boys Klan.... In order to please The haves & To hell with those of us who have little or none....

    January 1, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  11. james

    So what, members of congress are now human beings?

    January 1, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  12. Carolyn Hambrick

    Get it together, Congress this is what we elected you to do, Democrats & Republicans please come together.

    January 1, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  13. mary

    So nice of them to on to parties while some people won't be able to put food on the table, pay there utility bills and possibly be evicted! WHAT A BUNCH OF LOSERS! They have had SEVERAL months to do THEIR job! I hope the republicians ALL get voted out!! FACE IT-President Obama is the PRESIDENT. Put your racism aside and DO WHAT IS RIGHT and help the American

    January 1, 2013 03:15 am at 3:15 am |