Virginia Congressmen Vote No to Fiscal Cliff Compromise
A few Virginia Congressmen did not stand behind a measure to reverse the effects of the so called "fiscal cliff". The House of Representatives approved the Senate bill that will counter the higher tax rates and sweeping spending cuts that went into effect midnight New Year's Day.
The House passed the measure by a vote of 257 to 167 late Tuesday night. Among the nays were 5th district congressman Robert Hurt, 6th district congressman Bob Goodlatte, and 7th district congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Cantor voted against the measure for its lack of budget cuts, as did a number of other Republican congressmen. Cantor has voted in step with House Speaker John Boehner during much of the fiscal cliff matters. It was speculated that Cantor was undercutting the Speaker by opposing the deal, but he maintains that he's working with House leadership.
Congressman Hurt also opposed the measure citing again the lack of spending cuts. He released a statement late Tuesday saying the Senate "failed to take seriously this crisis," and drove the U.S. "to the edge of the cliff with its 11th hour vote."
Hurt says the legislation, "does absolutely nothing to address the federal government's spending problem - in fact it only adds to it." He specifically cites Social Security and Medicare programs as primary drivers of spending that have no reforms.
The fifth district congressman goes on to say "in good conscience, and for the future of this great nation and of our children and grandchildren who will inherit this debt, I am unable to support continuing along this course." Hurt does believe however that providing tax relief to most Americans is a step in the right direction.
Bob Goodlatte from Virginia's 6th district also voted against the fiscal cliff compromise. He explains that he voted against the measure because "it fails to address the biggest threat to the American economy and our nation as a whole -- spending and debt".
He says that the compromise continues the "out of control spending" by Congress, and that the deal "does not go far enough to extend tax relief to hardworking families and many small businesses."
Goodlatte explains that while the tax relief from the measure passed will go into effect immediately, the "future spending cuts that have been promised may never happen."
The measure now goes to the White House to be signed by President Obama.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:36 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:36:22 GMT
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