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A view of the White House December 31, 2012 in Washington, DC.... News PhotoGovernment,Horizontal,International Landmark,Politics,USA,Washington DC,White House - Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPA view of the White House December 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers in Washington continue to work on a last minute compromise to pass legislation to avoid a fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts in the United State's federal budget. Lawmakers were aiming to bring a bill to the Senate floor that would keep tax breaks on the books for middle-class Americans while letting those for the rich expire. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)