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Area Congressmen Vote In Favor of Fiscal Cliff Deal

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 late Tuesday night.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 to avert the fiscal cliff late Tuesday night. The vote was 257 to 167.

U.S. Reps Mike Doyle (D-14), Mark Critz (R-12) and Tim Murphy (R-18) voted in favor of passing the legislation. Doyle's district covers Oakmont and Verona, Critz's district covers Plum and Murphy's covers nearby Monroeville.

Murphy explained his vote in this statement:

“The process and product are imperfect, but what has been achieved can’t be overlooked. We’ve overcome the impasse to permanently lock in lower tax rates for 99 percent of taxpayers. (The) vote opens the door for work to begin in the next session of Congress on significant cuts in federal spending, meaningful tax reform and pro-growth policies to get our country back on solid fiscal footing.”

The bill permanently extends current tax rates for income less than $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for households, along with a combination of other spending cuts without raising the nation’s debt limit.  

The deal does not include the payroll tax break that expired at the end of 2012. For people earning $50,000 in annual salary, that means a loss of around $80 per month to higher taxes, or about an extra $1,000 per year.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed the fiscal cliff compromise Tuesday at 2 a.m. with a vote of 89-8.

Murphy provided the following links for his constituents:

Summary of Tax Provisions in the Senate Fiscal Cliff Bill

Comparing Current Law with the President's Proposal and the Senate Compromise

One Page Summary of the Fiscal Cliff Package

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Ernie January 02, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Once again, I feel betrayed by my Congress. Perhaps I am being cynical, but I have seen zero efforts in the past to actually cut spending. While I understand the importance of getting the Tax issues settled, I also understand the necessity for spending cuts and spending reforms. It appears that Congress has once again agreed to Tax increases or status quo, while ignoring the spending. Yes, they say they will begin to address spending cuts in a couple of months. Sounds suspiciously like "the check is in the mail" or worse yet, "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a cheeseburger today". Sadly, I feel that once again we will see tax revenues to the Federal coffers go up, and spending will not go down. In fact, the raw numbers for the current Taxing Plan still indicate deficit spending, and a continued increase to the National Debt. The Debt Ceiling will be reached very soon once again, and the circus will continue. This entire scenario was caused by the negotiations at the last Debt Ceiling Crisis, whereby Congress was given mandatory spending cuts along with the Tax increases simply because they seem to be unable to actually legislate spending cuts. Odd that they seem to be quite capable of legislating tax increases... So, my rose colored glasses have been put at the bottom of a vey deep drawer, and I look forward to Congress ignoring the will of the people in a short time, and they will once again raise the Debt Limit and march merrily towards default.
Debra Hogan January 02, 2013 at 04:50 PM
If they want a place to start, lets start with their salaries! Why can't they take a pay cut like half of America has to keep their jobs. I wish I could vote myself a $5,000 or $10,000 raise! They should have to ask the people they represent if they deserve the raise. If the people vote "YES", then give it to them. If the people vote "NO", Oh well, try representing your people better!Their spending should been monitored also by an independent source. $20,000 for a toilet! Give me a break! Start in you own backyard if you want to cut spending!

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