2016 politics on display as Congress ends term

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

For future White House hopefuls, the vote on the "fiscal cliff" compromise could help frame upcoming deliberations over the debt ceiling, reforms to the tax code and how to fund government.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's 2012 vice presidential nominee, voted for the fiscal cliff compromise this week, while Senate Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky voted against the measure.

Vice President Joe Biden helped broker the deal with GOP leaders in the Senate, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faced a health scare requiring hospitalization.

And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie railed against fellow Republicans for not holding a vote on Superstorm Sandy aid, offering a window into how those serving outside Washington might build a case for tackling the capital's gridlock.

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