Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, accompanied by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., right, and Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washingto

 

              Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, accompanied by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., right, and Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washingto
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, accompanied by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., right, and Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, to talk about the debate on tax rates and the fiscal cliff. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)