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Fiscal Cliff Crisis: Issues Made In The GOP

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee meeting at the U.S. Capitol November 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. Citing former presidents Clinton and Reagan and past bipartisan Congressional leaders, McConnell said that Republicans and Democrats have come together in the past to overcome budget challenges. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Both major political parties may have their fingerprints on long-simmering problems in the federal budget, but just one created the current crisis known as the fiscal cliff.

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