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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC) - The posturing continues on Capitol Hill in the continuing battle over avoiding the fiscal cliff's effects of higher taxes and drastic budget cuts.

Avoiding the bickering on Thursday, President Obama headed to northern Virginia.

He sat down with Tiffany Santana and her family to put a face on the fiscal cliff.

"For them to be burdened unnecessarily because Democrats and Republicans aren't coming together to solve those problems gives you a sense of the costs on personal terms," Mr. Obama said.

Tiffany had used Twitter to tell the president her family can't afford a tax increase.

The White House released a new video featuring her story.

Back in Washington, gridlock continues with both sides stuck on tax hikes for the top two percent.

Economists wonder if lawmakers will reach a deal this year.

"I am skeptical, but I do think it can be done early next year before it does significant damage," said Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics.

Zandi warned a Congressional committee they'd have just over a month to negotiate in 2013 before the economy falls apart.

"By mid-February it will be doing a lot of damage," he warned.

Anticipating the fiscal cliff and massive layoffs that could come with it, Democrats called on lawmakers to continue an extension to jobless benefits expiring this year.

Republicans have worried they are losing ground on the tax hike battle, and a new poll from Quinnipiac University shows more voters trust the president and Democrats on the issue.

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