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Sen. Hagan 'frustrated' in Washington as fiscal cliff nears

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- With the impending fiscal cliff just 19 days away, it is critical for Democrats and Republicans to simply agree.

Hope in Washington is fading. President Obama says there is no deal until Republicans give in on a tax increase for the top two percent of earners.

Republicans say the real issue is spending cuts.

During a news conference today House Speak John Boehner said, "While the president promised the American people a balanced approach, his proposals have been anything but."

We set out to learn what our congressional delegation is doing to end the stalemate and avoid tax increases for the majority of North Carolinians.

Democratic Senator Kay Hagan says party affiliation aside, she supports any plan that makes sense for our state.

When asked during a phone interview her reply to constituents who are questioning whether the right leaders have been elected to represent our state, Senator Hagan said, “From my perspective, I don't care whose idea it is, whether it's a Democratic idea or a Republican idea. If it's a good idea for North Carolina, I will be at that table. I am just as frustrated as the businesses are in our state and as the individuals. We have got to get together and get this done.”

We reached out to other congressional leaders for comment. Democrat Mike Mcintyre's office said the congressman had a busy schedule and chose not to do an interview today. Senator Richard Burr's office said the Republican was tied up in an intelligence committee meeting and could not talk with us. We also called Republican Congressman Walter Jones. His office has not yet called us back.

If the country falls off the so-called fiscal cliff, major tax cuts will expire, meaning virtually every American will see less take-home pay.

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