Congress Convenes As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Closes In

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US Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Corker leave the Senate chamber to... News PhotoBob Corker,Capitol Hill,Democracy,Economy,Fiscal Cliff,Government,Horizontal,Leaving,Orrin G. Hatch,Political Rally,Politics,USA,United States Senate,Voting,Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPUS Senators Orrin Hatch (L) and Bob Corker leave the Senate chamber to caucus 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)