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Lipinski Issues Statment on Fiscal Cliff Legislation

Congressman Dan Lipinski offers remarks on Tuesday's passage of fiscal cliff avoiding legislation.

From U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski (3rd): 

“I am greatly disappointed, that after months of talk, House and Senate leaders and the President were not able to reach agreement on a sizable deficit reduction compromise. While it is good that we’re addressing the need to extend tax relief for millions of Americans, omitted from this package is a serious effort to address spending, implement tax reform, shore up the long-term viability of entitlements, or responsibly deal with replacing the sequester. With our debt limit reaching its maximum soon, we have missed a true opportunity to get our growing debt under control.

"While H.R. 8 does not do what we need to tackle our debt, it protects middle-class Americans from an income tax increase that economists tell us would send our economy back into a recession. Hard-working Americans cannot afford more job losses and cuts in pay, and a recession would also add more to our debt. In spite of the deeply flawed bill and process, it was better to vote for H.R. 8 than to vote against it and push our economy and the middle class over the cliff.

“There are some good provisions included in this legislation. Medicare enrollees won’t have access to their doctors put at risk by a 26.5 percent reduction in doctor reimbursement rates, which was scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. Extended unemployment benefits will support millions of Americans who continue to struggle to find work. The Alternative Minimum Tax will now be permanently indexed to inflation so it will not threaten millions of middle class Americans with higher taxes. Important tax breaks that will promote economic growth, including the research and development tax credit and accelerated business depreciation are extended for a year. And the CLASS Act, a fiscally unsustainable long-term care program created in the health care law, is repealed; I have fought hard to repeal this before it could be implemented and add more to our debt.

“As our debt continues to skyrocket, Washington cannot afford to continue to fail to get our fiscal house in order. Leadership has been sorely missing on debt reduction and it showed again in this effort to address the fiscal cliff. I have supported previous deficit reductions deals, and in March I helped bring to the House floor a bipartisan budget based on the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction Commission. As we approached the fiscal cliff, I joined with a bipartisan group of colleagues to push for a compromise based on these recommendations so that we could cut at least $3-$4 trillion from our debt over the next ten years. But Washington failed miserably. We missed the chance at a ‘grand bargain’ deficit reduction package by moving solely on taxes, and setting up another fight on the debt limit and spending cuts in February.

“Thankfully we avoided this cliff, but Americans deserve better than this irresponsible, embarrassing behavior in Washington. We cannot afford to continue it.”


OakLawn Res January 02, 2013 at 01:40 PM
"We missed the chance at a ‘grand bargain’ deficit reduction package by moving solely on taxes, and setting up another fight on the debt limit and spending cuts in February." You missed your chance because you didn't do it 500 days ago - it sounds so irresponsible to think any of our lawmakers expected this to be a grand program considering how it was once again pushed to the last minute when there was no time but to put a band-aid on the problem. Quite sounding so high and mighty! Next time start earlier - maybe you won't be "Soooo" disappointed!
DIANE HICKEY January 02, 2013 at 03:14 PM
They have a lot of nerve passing anything that doesn't include "deficient reductions" Can we fire them?
Pat F January 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I think pay to all of them should be terminated until they solve this issue..Coming back every couple months with this fiscal cliff crap and solving nothing is ridiculous. The politicians and gov't backed employees should redo their pension and benefits to match the private sector.. Some of them get $125,000 for 6 years with insurance?? I was a truck driver after for 37 years and received $32,000 with no insurance after 30 years?/ Now our pension is on the verge of going bankrupt in 3 or 4 years after which I will be lucky to get 20 cents on the dollar!! The gov't is basically Broke with Trillions in debt?? To me all gov't employees should also receive pennies on the dollar of what they should have gotten..My union misspent and lost our total funding which matches what the gov't has done with their pension funds!! You can't keep taxing us more for the mistakes these politicians continue to make!! We are BROKE!! We've sacrificed and payed too long and gotten very little in the end.. The people who have caused these shortages by mismanagement should not get full pensions!!! Wake Up Middle Class..We keep paying and getting nothing in return!!!
Dave W. January 03, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Lipinski sounds more like a guy from the South (where he taught until his daddy GAVE him his current job) than a real Southsider... He acts like every other official (go look at THEIR posts and press releases), "I tried my best, but those OTHER jerks failed to do what 'WE' needed to do." Also, while the debt does need to be addressed, nobody but the House GOP has been fighting the higher taxes on the upper 2%, not EVEN the upper 2%! They should have voted on THAT, on upping those rates months ago so that they could have been debating how to reform Medicare and Medicaid and military spending all this time. NOW they just kicked the can down the road again...great! See everybody again in a week for the 'debt ceiliing' debacle...awesome. I sometimes wonder if Daniel Lipinski didn't have his seat handed to him by his 'just re-elected' dad, William, a lifelong Democrat, if Daniel wouldn't be a moderate Republican instead...just a thought.
Denise Fricano January 03, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Dan is totally a moderate Republican. The people in the 3rd should start grooming someone to take his place. A real Democrat, possibly Latino for the demographic changes taking place. They put their heart into it because they know what it's like to fight for what is right, and what is needed, by working class folk.

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