Obama returns, but lawmakers stymied on fiscal cliff
WASHINGTON, (AFP) - President Barack Obama returns on Thursday to a sharply divided Washington where lawmakers have stubbornly refused to compromise on a plan to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."
With pressure mounting before hundreds of billions of dollars in higher taxes and spending cuts set in, Democrats and Republicans are essentially treating the crisis as a hot potato, blaming one another for the inaction.
Obama was due back in Washington by noon (1700 GMT).
He cut his Hawaiian Christmas vacation short to contend with the looming January 1 fiscal cliff deadline, as White House officials reportedly lashed out at the "congressional stupidity" gripping the capital.