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Dec 24, 2012 7:04 AM by Associated Press

Lawmakers see 'fiscal cliff' deal as elusive

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers say it'll be time to get back to work when they and President Barack Obama return to Washington on Thursday following the Christmas holiday.

Time is running out to avert the fiscal cliff of tax increases and domestic program cuts in January, and some members of Congress are growing more skeptical that a budget agreement can be reached.

Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says she expects "it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everything."

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