WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is making clear what everyone in Washington suspects — a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff before Christmas is unlikely. Reid said on the Senate floor today that lawmakers will be back the Thursday after Christmas — Dec. 27. The House is moving ahead with votes today on a GOP plan to raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year. Reid says that's a non-starter in the Senate, and the White House has threatened a veto.