Posted: Nov 11, 2012 8:55 AM by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A brewing and potentially bitter battle over Democratic efforts to limit filibusters could increase partisan tensions in the Senate just as President Barack Obama and Republicans are trying to find a compromise on major issues such as debt reduction and taxes.
There could be a showdown Senate vote in January that would put limits on filibusters, which minority parties long have used to try thwarting majority legislation.
But even before that vote, the simmering dispute could mar the cooperative tone that Obama and GOP leaders have struck since Tuesday's election.
Bipartisan compromise will be needed during Congress' upcoming lame-duck session to avert the "fiscal cliff" in early January. That's when major tax increases and spending cuts will be triggered unless lawmakers head them off.
Click here to submit a news tip to us!
Become a Facebook Fan!
Help those in need this holiday season
Win! Win! Win!
Wise Local Marketing!
Get news, weather and more on your smartphone and tablet!
Get texts for news, traffic, deals and more!
Sign up on KVOA.com for newsletters, exclusive deals, and more!
What's happening on News 4 @ 4
Stories and videos with Kristi's Kids
Check out the latest events FC Tucson has scheduled.
Let us help grow your business
Digital Channel 4.2
What's on KVOA and when!
Contact info for our department heads
KVOA's on air personalities!
Work at News 4 Tucson
Complete feeds of all KVOA.com stories
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and More