Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, speaks as Sen. Tom Harkin (left), Iowa Democrat, listens during a news conference on House Speaker John A. Boehner's proposal regarding the "fiscal cliff," on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, speaks as Sen. Tom Harkin (left), Iowa Democrat, listens during a news conference on House Speaker John A. Boehner's proposal regarding the "fiscal cliff," on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)