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

Tony Bussert January 02, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I was sad to see the payroll tax cuts expire. We'll all be paying more in taxes this year. http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/01/01/payroll-tax-cut-expires-how-much-more-will-you-pay/
Bob Martinek January 02, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Our freedom and country can't continue if we don't pay for it! Next? Means test for Social Security and Medicare. Defense cuts on non essential equipment. Leave the poor and disabled alone!
Randy Randolph January 02, 2013 at 07:27 PM
I would like to know that Rep DelBene thinks the 2nd and 3rd steps are. It sounds like she might not have read the whole bill. It raises the FICA tax 2% on more then 77% of taxpayers and adds $41 in new spending to our deficit for every $1 in new taxes.
Ed January 02, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I wish the Congresswoman would let us know what non-military spending cuts she would approve. We borrow too much and we have to cut spending on discretionary gov't programs, and not only add restrictions on Soc. Sec., and medicare. The payroll tax issue is a scam. Given all the talk about lack of funding for Soc. Sec. in the future, why on earth would they cut funds that go to Soc. Sec.? Because they want to turn it into a welfare program, and when they go for means testing for Soc Sec, then those who have contributed into Soc Sec over the years and who have "assets" will not get back from Soc Sec what they deserve. Soc. Sec. was never designed to be a welfare program, but this is what the our leaders, mainly the Dems, want to do. We are moving from a relatively fluid, multi-class society (poor, middle, rich), to a two-class system (poor and rich). The American middle class is being slowly destroyed, with it's wealth redistributed and jobs taken. Neither party is preventing this, and both are actually causing it to happen. Cut military spending and wasteful gov't programs.
George Hubman January 03, 2013 at 02:49 AM
I find it interesting that you think Congress Person elect DelBene voted for the bill two days before being sworn in.
John Snow January 03, 2013 at 03:03 AM
The payroll tax cut was a gimmick. It actually reduced the funding of the Social Security program which, By Law, cannot add to the deficit, and thus cannot add to the national debt. It is good to restore this tax, because like it or not, most of us will depend on Social Security in our retirement. Total taxation on U.S. citizens is at a 60-year low, yet we demand ever more services, and don't complain when rampant waste and fraud occurs in many government programs, the worst of which being the "defense" establishment. It is time we grew up and faced the fact that government services cost money, and if we wish to improve people's lots, we need to be willing to pay our taxes.
John Snow January 03, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Bang on, Mr. Martinek!
John Snow January 03, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Congresswoman DelBene was elected twice, once for a normal two-year term, and once for a special one-month term to replace Congressman Inslee, who had to resign from Congress to run for Governor. She was sworn in on November 13, 2012, for her short-term seat in Congress.
Ed January 03, 2013 at 04:02 AM
George, As Mr. Snow pointed out, Congresswoman DelBene has been in office. I find it interesting that you did not know that. Ed
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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