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U.S. Rep John Dingell Votes in Favor of Tax Bill to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Dearborn Rep. John Dingell supported a Senate plan Tuesday to address expiring Bush-era tax cuts while delaying spending cuts.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted late Tuesday night 257-167 to endorse a Senate vote early Tuesday morning on a bill to avert the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", as tax cuts passed when George W. Bush was President expired January 1, in addition to automatic spending cuts which were delayed.

The Senate legislation passed early Tuesday 89-8. The legislation was still awaiting President Barack Obama's signature on Wednesday afternoon.

The legislation continues tax cuts for individuals making less than $400,000 and couples making less than $450,000. It also raised rates for those who make more than that by 4.6 percent.

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

U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, voted for the bill.

Dingell issued a statement Tuesday regarding his support of the legislation:

"I commend the House of Representatives today for acting in the best interests of this country's middle class. The bill we have passed will prevent tax hikes for the vast majority of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses, extend unemployment insurance for those who need it, and prevent payment cuts to Medicare physicians.  I am proud of the House members who put aside ideological differences to help hard-working American families in their moment of need and hope this bipartisan cooperation will continue as Congress moves to consider the other pressing matters before it."

Lee Jacobsen January 03, 2013 at 08:00 AM
They had all year to pass something , and wait until the last minute? Next thing you know, they may actually pass a budget, it's only been 3 years late and counting. Right now, we borrow just under 40 cents out of every dollar spent to continue our entitlements and other spending. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/nov/16/public-notice/drug-addict-tv-ad-says-us-borrows-41-cents-dollar/ Eventually we have to pay the piper. The folk we elected, including Mr Dingell , continue to kick the can down the road, refusing to face reality, that we are spending way beyond our means. If you are a 'taker' from our govt, you don't really care, just keep the money flowing into your pocket. That is how Obama got elected, by the takers. Eventually, the 'makers' are going to say "enough is enough" and close up shop. Without 'makers', where is income going to come from? You can tax the 'makers', all folk who pay taxes, 100% , take it all, and it will only run the govt, at most, 8 days. By the way, taxes are still going up an average of $1000 per household, thanks to Obamacare. That is the govt estimate. That means figure at least triple to be more accurate to get proper health care from the exchanges, since businesses can't afford to pay, with rates going up 30% this year alone. http://twitchy.com/2012/10/31/team-obama-make-sure-your-friends-know-how-obamacare-is-affecting-your-health-insurance-premiums/ 2013 should be an interesting year.
bitsy08 January 03, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Lord I'm so tired of people saying that if we voted for Obama it falls that we're a "taker." Give it a rest, Lee. I'm a valuable member of society and I've paid my way from the get go. I'm not now collecting anything more than is my due and what I've paid into from all the years I worked. And by the way, it's not "Obamacare." We finally have a President who got voted in a health care program that many of the previous President's wanted. Even ol' Mitt had one when he was Governor. All of a suddent it's a bad thing. I, for one, am happy we have it. There's nothing that says we can't fix it and refine it as we go along. I have a friend whose son-in-law has no insurance because he lost his job and he has cancer. If the new health care plan was in effect, he'd be covered. How can that be a bad thing?
bitsy08 January 03, 2013 at 03:44 PM
One more thing. I'm for term limits. I was reminded of that with the article on Dingell. I think that's one rule we should vote on and pass - as quickly as possible. Time to get rid of all the dead weight in Congress. They actually voted "not to refuse" (huh) their 2.2% cost of living wage increase. This from the biggest "do nothing" Congress in history. They want to cut our COLA but they sure made sure they got theirs. Time to clean house.
Lee Jacobsen January 03, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Bitsy, I agree with you on some form of term limits, perhaps a max of 12 years, it takes a year or so just to get acclimated to the system of politics in Washington, DC, It is probably as safe as Detroit...here is a link to a safety meter to find out http://www.areyousafedc.com/ Regarding Obamacare, it is a paperwork nightmare for businesses, and I am in the thick of it. All I can say is "be prepared to pay for what you are about to receive". We have Obamacare, so no use beating a dead horse. But expect a lot of companies to transfer healthcare that once was affordable for them to pay, but now is not, onto the backs of the folk receiving the services, which is you. Average healthcare costs per month per family with Obamacare is around 11 to 12 grand. Can you afford that? See more here. http://www.forbes.com/sites/gracemarieturner/2012/07/24/how-much-is-the-obamacare-mandate-going-to-cost-you/

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