Lawmakers got back to work Monday on Capitol Hill facing a December 31 deadline to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
Without a compromise by the end of the year, tax increases and spending cuts could impact every American, but there are signs a compromise could be coming.
Some Republicans are now saying they will break from Grover Norquist's no-tax increase pledge. One of those lawmakers is Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.
Monday on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," the senator said he hopes people will stop talking about the difficulty of the situation.
"This Congress has had two dry runs. We've been through this more than any other Congress in the history of our country, and really we just have to make some tough decisions. They're going to be equally painful three months from now, nine months from now, two years from now, and at that point they'll have to be even more Draconian, so we can do this now," said Corker.
Senator Corker recently wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post. It details his plan for fiscal reform.