Let’s set this straight.
From The Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday it would be “extremely difficult” for Washington to reach a deal before Christmas to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.”
“We can do things very quickly, but this is not something we can do easily,” Reid said at his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.
“But until we hear something from the Republicans, there’s nothing to do … I think it’s going to be extremely difficult to get this done before Christmas,” he added.
Reid said splits within the Republican Party over how to move forward in negotiations were slowing efforts at a deal.
[…]Democrats say they will not sign on to a deal unless Republicans agree to raise rates on the top 2 percent of income-earners. Republicans, though, hope to shift the negotiations toward identifying spending cuts.