**FILE** House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, holds a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, to call on House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, to bring the House back into session immediately to work on the fiscal cliff. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, holds a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, to call on House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, to bring the House back into session immediately to work on the fiscal cliff. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)