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Hultgren Defends Vote Against Fiscal Cliff Measure

Bill clears Congress, heads off crisis with expiration of Bush, Obama tax cuts, plus new taxes.

Congressional action late Tuesday night ended months of the nation teetering on the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff, a significant tax increase set to begin Jan. 1 with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and temporary tax cuts put through by President Barack Obama, as well as new taxes and automatic spending cuts.

Many feared that had Congress failed to address the issue, the tax increases and automatic spending cuts would have pushed the nation once again headlong into recession. Politico reported that the bipartisan solution was approved in a 257-167 vote by the U.S. House. U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-14th District, was one of those voting against the measure.

“The lack of spending cuts in this package is indefensible, which is why I voted against it,” Hultgren said in a release issued late Tuesday. “Washington, D.C. has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. This package fails to address that. In fact, it makes the $16 trillion debt and trillion-dollar deficit even worse.”

The measure “addresses several significant issues, including tax rates for families. It repeals the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act. It includes an extension of parity for employer-provided transit benefits, which is something I’ve fought for repeatedly,” he said in the release. “Most importantly, it makes current tax rates permanent for individuals earning less than $400,000 and families earning less than $450,000. That must happen, but not in the absence of any effort to rein in spending.”

In October, Hultgren warned that inaction by lawmakers would set the stage for the largest tax increase in the nation’s history.

“I’ve already voted against raising taxes on all Americans, and I cannot support an irresponsible bill which doesn’t begin to address the problem that got us into this mess in the first place,” Hultgren said about the bill approved Tuesday.

Hultgren's 14th Congression District includes Geneva. His home office is located at 1797 W. State St., Suite A, in Geneva.

Tom Brown January 06, 2013 at 04:27 PM
You can't fix the whole economy with one vote. There are lots of other fiscal deadlines ahead this year. This is a remarkably good package and makes better sense than I dreamed we were capable of passing. It is my hope that we can continue and trim the budget without undo hardship. It seems as if there is a lot of fat in the federal budget and it should be possible. I have high hopes that Congress can finally get it together. Would be the best thing for the economy and the country. We can't spend half the budget on interest. We're going to have the IMF after us soon if we don't turn this around a bit. The good part about high debt is that it keeps the dollar low so we can compete on exports, but it's a high price to pay.
Tom Brown January 06, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Larry: How many members of Congress are responsible at all?
Jason January 07, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Thank you Congressman. Please continue to vote with your conscience and understanding of the root-problem.
Ken S January 07, 2013 at 03:43 PM
If the democratically controlled senate had sent a bill to the house with sandy relief alone it would have passed unanimously. However, both parties pile on pork that would never pass on its own. I would like to see the line item veto allowed for the president. With the intense media scrutiny today, albeit mostly left leaning, junk like this would have a hard time getting through the system. I support Randy and will continue to support him until he caves into the system and compromises his principles. I think he does represent the district well.
Lou Pierce January 07, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Ken, I hope you're comfortable in your bubble. The line-item veto is an interesting issue, worthy of lengthy debate. However, beware of blindly believing right-wing shibboleths such as describing the various news media as being "mostly left leaning." It doesn't take much investigating to discover that the vast majority of the news media are concentrated in the hands of just a few right wingers or multi-national corporations. Also, I think if you honestly assess the situation, you'll see that Randy Hultgren represents well only far right interests including, but not limited to, the Tea Party. While those interests are present in the new 14th Congressional District, there is an increasing percentage of us far- or center-lefties who can't depend on him to do more than file our pleas for his support in the nearest waste basket.

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