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Senate remains short of a fiscal deal as deadline nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate negotiators on the effort to prevent the government from going over the ‘‘fiscal cliff’’ offered a pessimistic assessment Sunday barely 24 hours before a deadline to avert tax hikes on virtually every worker.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he’s yet to receive a response to an offer he made on Saturday evening to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the top Democratic negotiator. The Kentucky Republican said he’s reached out to Vice President Joe Biden in hopes of breaking the impasse.

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