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Boehner is a weak speakerWhat happened: Speaker John Boehner walked away from negotiations with the White House, announced his Plan B to repeal tax cuts for those making more than $1 million a year, then canceled a vote when it became clear it couldn't pass either. A majority of Republicans, including Boehner's top Vans Gray Black Sole lieutenants, voted against the final deal.
What it means: Mandates don't matter. There was a lot of talk after the election about whether Obama or House Republicans had a mandate, but ultimately public opinion is not able to budge the gridlock.
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Public opinion does not matterWhat happened: Polls consistently showed more Americans thought that either some or all of the Bush tax cuts should expire. Congress' approval rating remains stuck at a dismal 18 percent. A recent poll found that 77 percent of Americans think Washington politics are causing serious harm to the country.
Topic A is spendingWhat happened: The final deal to avoid the consequences of the fiscal cliff focused entirely on tax rates, with the spending cuts delayed by two months. It also does not address the debt ceiling, Mbt Kisumu Uk
[View the story "Five things we learned from the fiscal cliff debate" on Storify]Five things we learned from the fiscal cliff debateCongress averted the fiscal cliff's consequences, but the fight revealed some serious challenges in Washington.
What it means: Gun control? Immigration? Foreign policy? Those are all sideshows. The big fight in the next Congress will continue to be how much the government should spend.
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As early as 2007, Barack Obama argued that the Bush era tax cuts should be repealed for couples making above $250,000 a year. In 2010, he agreed to a two year extension. The final deal approved Tuesday night repealed tax cuts for those making $450,000 a year.
What it means: The president wants a deal. Obama could have held to the $250,000 threshold, letting Republicans vote against him and take the blame, but he traded it because he wanted a compromise.
It's going to be an interesting yearWhat happened: President Obama wants a deal. The leader of the House Republicans is unable to pass one. Congress remains fixed on debating spending, the one issue where the two parties are the farthest apart. And public opinion is not enough to break the stalemate. Oh, and Boehner said something pretty raw to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
which must be raised again early this year. The fight over the debt ceiling was what led to the fiscal cliff in Vans Black Gum Sole
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Congress has narrowly averted the consequences of the fiscal cliff on Tuesday night. But in the months long ordeal that took place, it revealed some serious challenges in Washington. Here's a closer look at what we've learned.
What it means: Like Obama, Boehner wants a deal too. But without earmarks to sweeten the deal or the allegiance of his most conservative members, he can't get a compromise passed.
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