Still, with time running short, it is doubtful that the chambers even have enough time to pass fiscal cliff legislation before the end of the year, even if they work through New Year’s Eve.
If Congress does indeed allow the deadline to pass, it could come back in the New Year and, with new members in the House and Senate, pass a retroactive fix for most of the expiring tax and spending measures.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.