Congress Convenes As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Closes In


House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. John Larson walks out after... Nieuwsfoto'sCapitol Hill,Democratie,Economie,Fiscal Cliff,Horizontaal,Overheid,Politiek,Senaat Verenigde Staten,Stemmen,Verenigde Staten,Voorzitter,Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPHouse Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. John Larson (D-CT) walks out after addressing the press 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)