Now this sounds like the congress we have come to know and love. Stall for another year, then its election time, so we have to put off doing anything till November 2014, call each other hostage takers in the mean time, rinse repeat. And you democrats and republicans keep reelecting these people. Thanks!Sens. Alexander, Bennet give leaders emergency plan to avoid 'fiscal cliff' - The Hill
The break-the-glass emergency proposal would make a substantial down payment toward deficit reduction during the lame-duck session, create a streamlined process to reach a broader deal next year and implement a default deficit-reduction plan if Congress still cannot break a stalemate in 2013.
“It simply pushes the pause button on all the elements of the fiscal cliff, extends everything for a year and then gives us six months in which to reform entitlements and reform taxes and reduce the debt,” said Alexander