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Rep. Tim Walberg Votes Against Bill to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

The U.S. House went along with a Senate plan Tuesday to address expiring Bush-era tax cuts while delaying spending cuts.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 257-167 late Tuesday night to endorse a Senate vote on a bill that would avert the so-called "Fiscal Cliff." This bill extends the tax cuts passed during George W. Bush's presidency that would have expired on Jan. 1, and delays automatic spending cuts.

A complete list of the yeas and nays can be found on the website for the House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, voted against the bill, which will extend curent tax rates for all wage earners making below $400,000 and couples making below $450,000.

The Senate legislation passed early Tuesday 89-8. The bill currently awaits President Barack Obama's signature.

Walberg released the following statement after the vote:

"I am extremely disappointed after all the negotiations and effort that went into avoiding the so-called `fiscal cliff', the president and Congress again put off meaningful action to reduce spending and secure the future for our children and grandchildren. Again, with our economy struggling, it's clear that Washington missed an opportunity to promote tax and spending policies that will grow our economy over the long-term.

I believe the federal government needs to live within its means, because trillion-dollar deficits threaten our economy and opportunities for future generations. I will continue to support immediate spending reductions, reforming our tax code and a Balanced Budget Amendment to hold Congress accountable and require fiscal responsibility. It is my hope that this will begin in the next Congress and lead to a long-term solution."

Ron January 03, 2013 at 01:20 PM
What Mr. Walberg has to say is quite true,, huge deficits are bad, fair tax reform is good, reducing spending is better. Thanks for the economics 101 lesson, but let's at least be honest about a few things. Congress (The House) DID let America go off the FC on January 1. Technically that happened at midnight as we were cheering, hugging and kissing our families. This was simply a ridiculous ploy that allowed SOME members of Congress (Mr. Walberg) that pledged NOT to raise taxes,, to NOT raise taxes. At midnight,, ALL the taxes and massive spending cuts DID go into force. Those "brave" men and women stood their ground! On January 2, The House FINALLY voted on the bill and it passed. What did Congress actually agree to on Jan. 2? A bill to CUT TAXES for 98% of Americans,, thus making themselves look like "hero's" to their constituents back home. This was nothing more than smoke and mirrors folks. The "Do Nothing 112 Congress" was more concerned about THEIR hides than yours or mine. All they did was put a band-aid on a $$ hole the size of Lake Michigan and kick the can down the road when it comes to solving the real financial problems that we the people face. Thank you Mr. Walberg, for being able to "stand YOUR ground" while others did the dirty work for you. Your comments here are proof that you're more concerned about your political future than our financial future. "We the people" deserve the government WE choose. Thanks for nothing!
Laura Jones January 04, 2013 at 12:10 AM
The Do Nothing Congress needs a new incentive to get it in gear and make compromises on both sides. My own suggestion is that they put in a new cliff clause: Deal reached and passed or all members of the House and Senate resign from office and not run again. Bet they have a conclusion reached in record time.
John Locke January 05, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Wahlberg is symptomatic of the Republicans in the house. Last session it was their way or the highway. Where did that get us. There are 138 million tax filters in the country Wahlberg chose to shut the government down and cause a recession to protect the 400 k that have incomes over $ 1 million. How many of his constituents have incomes over 400 k. I'll bet not a lot.

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