The Two-Way 'Fiscal Cliff' Deadline Looms, But Sense Of Urgency Seems To Be Lacking December 26, 2012 The president's coming back to the White House from his vacation. But that was expected. Senators are returning to the Capitol, but don't seem to be in a hurry. And House members haven't yet been told to get back to work. Many signs point to a partial deal, if that, before the New Year's Eve "deadline."