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US Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) met with The Forum's editorial board Thursday in Fargo. Photo by - Michael Vosburg/Forum Communications Co.

Sen. Conrad: Politics aside, budget fix is simple one

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Retiring Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., says he could fix the fiscal cliff in about 20 minutes.

"It's amazing at how easy it is to do, actually, if you have no one that you have to persuade but yourself," the retiring senator quipped in a Forum Editorial Board meeting Thursday.


Unless Congress and President Barack Obama act before Jan. 1, federal budget cuts and more than $500 billion in tax increases kick in, possibly hurling the U.S. back into recession.

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