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Rank and File Show Flexibility on Fiscal Cliff

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Carper, right, left a Tuesday Democratic Conference meeting on the fiscal cliff saying he believes members of his party could support a deal that has taxes and spending cuts.

Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon released a statement after the caucus meeting with Nabors. We had an election, and the voters sent a message to Congress to focus on jobs and fairness, Merkley said. The formula we use to adjust cost-of-living changes for seniors needs to reflect the real costs they face, not the budgetary fantasies of Washington.

Jonathan Strong contributed to this report.

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