(Washington Times) Republicans and Democrats returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday pledging to try to reach common ground — but as each side reinforced its pre-election battle lines, last week's results appear to have shifted little other than the rhetoric.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, opened the Senate's lame-duck session pleading for the chance to rescue the 112th Congress from being the most lethargic on record.
He said the looming "fiscal cliff" depends on better cooperation. In his opening bid, he told Republicans in the House to quickly pass tax legislation that would mean a rate increase for the wealthy, but keep rates low for everyone else.
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