Washington • Congress' rank and file which will decide whether the nation avoids plummeting off a fiscal cliff in less than seven weeks is showing a new willingness to negotiate and compromise, a message their leaders will carry Friday to President Barack Obama.
But they will also warn in the first post-election White House talks aimed at crafting an agreement that those lawmakers have a shared history that has to be overcome. For the past two years, Washington has been paralyzed by partisanship, and the scars of the battles are still raw.
What's different now is that lawmakers heard the message from voters last week: Stop bickering and get the economy moving again. And don't wait to do something until hours before the Bush-era tax cuts expire Dec. 31 and automatic spending cuts take effect two days later.