Top Democratic and Republican senators said Sunday that Washington still can reach a deal to avert the looming fiscal crisis by Jan. 1, but the two sides still appeared miles apart in reaching a solution as they continued to blame each other.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, the chamber’s third-highest-ranking Republican, said he thinks President Obama wants negotiations to fail, which would result in a roughly $500 billion mix of tax increases and federal spending cuts over the next year.

“I think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes, to get the tax revenue and blame Republicans,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” “I believe … the president senses a victory at the bottom of the cliff.”

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