Lynn Sweet, one of my favorite reporters tweeted this explanation:
Sweet blog House sends Obama fiscal cliff bill to sign: How it passed, the inside story bit.ly/VznkzMJosh Marshall, of Talking Points Memo, however, reminds that the looming cliff is still before us. His tweet reiterated that the Republican game of chicken will continue:
Simple fact: GOP pledging to use debt limit for new confrontation, keeping country, economy & markets in continued crisis for months.
President Obama, with Vice President Biden at his side, delivered a short statement about the U.S. House vote to pass the "fiscal cliff" bill the Senate recently sent to them. After signing the bill, he now returns to Hawaii to finish his holiday with his family.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is now in the driver's seat for the next cliff-hanger. We will be interested to see what happens January 3, when the 113th Congress returns to Washington, D.C. Tomorrow, the Senate will decide on its new rules, including whether to change the filibuster rule. The question occurs whether Senator Reid will confront his current ally, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the 60 vote requirement to pass anything. It will be interesting to see whether Reid hits the brakes on a bipartisan proposal recently introduced, or drives ahead with those in the Senate who want different reforms.
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