Senators in No Rush to Return to D.C.

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An unidentified man dressed as Santa Claus speaks outside the U.S. Capitol before making his way to Speaker of the House John Boehner's office on December 12, 2012 in Washington, DC.

The fiscal-cliff clock is ticking, but as the Jan. 1 deadline nears, there hardly appears to be a sense of urgency on Capitol Hill. Few senators have chosen to return to their offices before Thursday, and House Republican leaders have yet to give fellow members the promised 48-hour warning before they anticipate returning. Despite the fact that lawmakers seem to be making the most of their Christmas break, they still insist a deal to avoid sending the U.S. economy over the dreaded fiscal cliff is still possible.