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Lawmakers return to Washington to avoid fiscal cliff

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Members of the house and senate will be spending New Year's Eve in Washington in an effort to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Unless Congress can reach a compromise, $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts could throw the U.S. economy back into a recession.

"I just got off the conference call, literally when I parked my car to come over here and we will we going back on Sunday," Republican Congressman, John Carter said.

Carter confirms the House of Representatives will be back in session Sunday night.

"There's some people who feel that the Republicans are returning to Washington, not to try and solve this problem, but just to say they were there, while the damage was being done," Carter said.

Democratic congressman, Lloyd Doggett, says he believes a deal can be reached by the deadline.

"All they have to do is to approve a bill that passed months ago in the United States Senate, that would exempt from any increase in income taxes, 98% of the people in this country," Doggett said.

"If they will just pass a bill and send it back then we'll have the process going the way it's supposed to," Carter said.

"I believe that is a deal that refuses to recognize the results of the last election, which was that people wanted tax fairness," Doggett said.

"Everybody that's watching this broadcast is going to be having their taxes go up come January, and they're going up, if we don't meet the deadline of midnight on the 31st, they're going up," Carter said.

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