U.S. President Barack Obama (C) holds up a pen while speaking to the media in the East Room of the White House, as Vice President Joe Biden (L) listens on November 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a "fiscal cliff," lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a small-scale patch because time is running out before the yearend deadline.
Sen. Joe Lieberman predicted Sunday: "We're going to spend New Year's Eve here, I believe."
Even those who see the possibility of a deal don't expect a lot.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said she expects "it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everything."
If the country heads over the fiscal cliff, that would mean higher taxes for most Americans and painful federal agency budget cuts.
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Four boaters were rescued from water off Egmont Key as their boat burned Sunday afternoon, according to the US Coast Guard.