Even though Congress and the White House have now reached a tentative deal on the fiscal cliff, the partisan divide may continue in Washington and elsewhere.
The dispute threatened to raise taxes on virtually every American worker and to stop unemployment checks on those who are out of work. Even child care subsidies for programs such as Head Start in Rhode Island and elsewhere were in jeopardy.
U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) told ABC6 News that he was frustrated by the lack of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats, and that it shouldn't have taken until the final day of the year to cut a deal.
State Rep. Mike Chippendale (R-RI) said it was important that Republicans held their ground on tax increases, saying the U.S. could not tax and spend its way out of massive federal deficits. In the end it appears Congressional Republicans will at least agree to some tax increases on families making more than $400,000 per year.
The dispute lasted most of 2012, and may represent a continued atmosphere of partisan bickering in Washington for the coming year.