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Senate Leaders to Work Through Weekend to Avoid Fiscal Spending Cuts

After a White House meeting, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to work to hammer out a deal before the New Year's witching hour.

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Obama seems to be getting that message, though the proof will ultimately be any bill he signs into law this weekend.

"The American people are watching what we do here," Obama told the Washington press corps. "Obviously, their patience is already running thin. This is deja vu all over again. America wonders why it is that in this town, for some reason, ya can't get stuff done in an organized timetable. Everything always has to wait until the last minute. Well, we're now at the last minute. The American people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy -- not right now." 


Adele M. Stan is a journalist based in Washington, D.C., who specializes in covering the intersection of religion and politics. She is RH Reality Check's senior Washington correspondent.

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