The country is poised to go over the “fiscal cliff” if Congress fails to act on impending tax hikes and sequestration cuts by December 31. All parties agree the results would be disastrous.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made clear on Thursday that he will not bring a bill to the floor to avert the cliff, and challenged Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to send legislation to the Senate.

But Reid’s chamber did find time Thursday evening to conduct other, more mundane business – specifically, naming seven post offices and a section of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Senate passed eight bills to that effect by unanimous consent on Thursday.

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