Sunday, December 30, 2012 2:23 pm
Senate leaders offer dour take on 'cliff' talks
By ANDREW TAYLORAssociated Press
The public exchange between the top negotiators on averting the so-called fiscal cliff injected a note of pessimism little more than 24 hours before taxes are set to go up.
Democrats said the Republican proposal called for changing the formula for calculating Social Security benefits increases.
McConnell said there is no single issue blocking an agreement but that "the sticking point appears to be a willingness, an interest, or courage to close the deal."