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DelBene Supports Bipartisan ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, who voted for the 'Fiscal Cliff' deal, said it's a first step toward "getting our overall fiscal house in order."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene released the following statement regarding her vote today on the bipartisan budget proposal to protect our nation’s economic recovery and provides tax relief for working families: 

“While not the perfect deal, Congress was able to finally come together with a bipartisan proposal that prevents the most damaging consequences of the fiscal cliff from hitting millions of American families and small businesses.

“Today’s deal saves over 98 percent of Americans from seeing their income taxes go up, extends tax credits for working families and unemployment benefits for millions of people looking for work. It provides greater economic certainty for families and businesses and will help our economy grow. It also is a first step towards getting our overall fiscal house in order.

“What’s today’s deal thankfully does not do is make harmful, draconian, across the board cuts which could have stalled our fragile economic recovery and hurt millions of working families, veterans and seniors who count on critical services.

“But there is still much work to do. I still firmly believe the only way we will build a foundation for long-term economic growth is by taking a balanced approach to our budget that includes comprehensive tax reform and reigning in our spending to reduce our deficit. 

“So while we have prevented the worst from happening, we must re-double our efforts in the 113th Congress to address our long-term budget issues and passing policies that help working families, spur job growth and ensure economic opportunity for all.”

Democrat Suzan DelBene, of Medina, was elected in November to represent Washington's new 1st District, which stretches from Redmond and Woodinville to the Canadian border and includes both tech-savvy suburbs and large expanses of farmland. 

--Source: Suzan DelBene

Bob Martinek January 03, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Wow John, we are solidly aligned! Our country has to grow up and face our responsibilities. If we do, our economy will grow like never before, it is what happens when an economy is based on a solid foundation with predictable direction. Maybe we get our credit rating back instead of going down even further. I feel the Tea Party will be purged come the next election.
Chad Shue January 03, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Tony, The Payroll Tax Cuts were being reimbursed with IOUs from the general fund, therfore adding to the federal deficit and jeopardizing Social Security in the long run. Social Security was devised to be separate from the general fund just to avoid that very situation. I don't mind a tax break but it should come as part of the tax code and not be risking Social Security.
Bob Martinek January 03, 2013 at 05:30 PM
I agree with you in principle Ed. But, SS taxes were cut to stimulate the economy and give people more spending money to help prevent economic depression. As for means testing, this is where I agree that it is unfair in principle, but I find it ridiculous to pay someone $2000 a month when their income is 50,000 a month or 1million, sure, they have it coming but "come on man".
Bob Martinek January 03, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Chad, Unfortunately, the reason Social Security is in danger is because both parties have used it over the years to borrow from for the general fund and now we have borrowed so much from it, the fear is we can't pay it back, "the sky is falling" deficit hawks will have a self fulfilled prophecy if they keep preaching this deficit panic crap. Our country's economy is based on faith and undermining that faith is destructive, hear me Tea guys?
UberRandy January 03, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Wouldn't it be even nicer if we didn't have any payroll taxes at all and the ability to choose how much in taxes we pay? It is possible, but unfortunately, unlikely to get enough support to be in acted. http://www.fairtax.org

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