House Dems petition to break 'cliff' deadlock

House Democrats are attempting to use a “discharge petition,” a little-known procedural move, to get around Speaker John A. Boehner.

**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks Dec. 7, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the pending "fiscal cliff." (Associated Press)

**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks Dec. 7, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the pending "fiscal cliff." (Associated Press)

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