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Published on Jan 7, 2013
January 4th, 2013: The new 113th Congress has been sworn in, conducted a minimum of business (managing to pass the first part of Hurricane Sandy relief aid), and promptly adjourned. The hope - but not the expectation -- is that the new Congress will be able get more accomplished than the late and unlamented 112th Congress. But before that group became fodder for the history books, they did pass the so-called 'fiscal cliff' deal, one that maintained the Bush-era tax cuts for 98 percent of the population. It's now up to the new Congress to follow-up with the spending cuts everyone - yes, even the Democrats - know are needed. What exactly did the fiscal cliff deal do besides raising a little revenue from the rich and kick the spending cuts issue down the road for a couple of months? Are the Republicans united enough to push President Obama and the Democrats into a deal to do something about entitlements? And can the so-called sequester - spending cuts made with a meat axe rather than a scalpel - be avoided? We'll discuss the 'fiscal cliff' deal and the next series of 'cliffs' facing us over the next six months, with a return guest: Dean Clancy, Legislative Counsel and Vice President of Health Care Policy for FreedomWorks.