In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, accompanied by from left, Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., gestures during a news conference the possibility of Americans abruptly their jobless benefits at the of the year on Capitol Hill in Washington, Hovering in the background of the "fiscal cliff" debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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