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Do You Agree with George Miller's Statement on 'Fiscal Cliff' Budget Deal?

El Cerrito's representative in the House called the deal a "solid agreement that paves the way for important, although, difficult decisions in the next few months ahead."

Congressman George Miller (D-Seventh District) issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the vote on the “Fiscal Cliff” budget deal:

"Tonight in Congress the important art of compromise was revived, an art that had been stifled since the Tea Party took over the House two years ago. I voted for the bi-partisan compromise fiscal cliff agreement to prevent a tax hike on the middle class, to increase tax rates on the wealthiest, and to continue unemployment insurance, tax credits for low-income families and small businesses, and investments in renewable energy. Not a perfect deal, clearly, but a solid agreement that paves the way for important, although, difficult decisions in the next few months ahead."

Kathy A. January 03, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I also want to point out that a number of Republicans, particularly in the Senate but also in the House, voted to avoid the "fiscal cliff" because it was the ONLY rational thing to do. The measure passed overwhelmingly in both houses of congress. If they had not, virtually all ordinary citizens would have seen their tax rates spike immediately. Unemployment insurance would have run out for those seeking jobs. And the draconian "sequestration" measures would have become law immediately, with widespread consequences. The country would have been pitched into a real recession, and there would be a great deal of chaos. So, Rep. Miller's remarks are not exactly controversial. He assigns some blame for the difficulty in finding compromise these last two years; but that does not seem unfair criticism. In the end, enough representatives thought about the immediate impacts on ordinary citizens to come to an agreement.
Donna H. January 03, 2013 at 06:05 PM
No one should pat themselves on the back for this deal. It did nothing to solve our fiscal problems for the long term. Until the electorate lets Congress know that we want to adjust entitlements for today's world we are going to continue to erode our economic stability. Both parties are at fault. All are more concerned about re-election more than the good of the country.
EC Mom January 03, 2013 at 06:51 PM
A knee-jerk, blanket statement like this is counterproductive. Yes, some incumbents deserve to be voted out based on their own, individual record. Voting out all incumbents would be short-sighted. Incumbents have knowledge, experience and have developed relationships across the aisle over the years. Newcomers (e.g., Tea Party candidates) have no incentive to compromise and no history doing so. Term limits in California is a case in point--legislators begin to develop expertise, and then have to move on. Unelected staff are the experts. Term limits haven't produced effective government here.
David Britt January 03, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Pop quiz. The top of your monitor is zero. The bottom is 10 million (one presidential trip). Where is 16.5 trillion (the national debt)? Answer: If you have a 12 inch top-to-bottom monitor like me it's almost 313 miles under the Earth's surface. You are gonna need a better plan than cutting presidential travel to make a difference.
Matthew Kelleher January 04, 2013 at 05:49 AM
What are you thinking Jack ? The deficit is a carry over from Bush and you blame Obama for it; the largest cause of going broke for those over 65 yrs old is medical bills; we are the ONLY western democracy in the WORLD without universal health: considered a "right" like the "pursuit of happiness" everywhere else; we've successfully defunded our education system so we are 48 the in the world (from decades of # 2); have a higher infant mortality rate than most African nations; pay more per capita for health care than any Western democracy but have a much lower life expectancy; etc. Instead of lobbying for the very rich (Koch Bros , etc.); let's work together for a better plan. The only ones that benefit form term limits are the lobbyists. Now is the time for comprehensive gun control; how many people need an AR semi automatic weapon to kill varmits and deer ?

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