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Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement after the House passed the Senate legislation to make tax cuts for the middle class permanent, extend critical tax credits for working families, and avert the so-called “fiscal cliff”:
“After months of negotiating, every middle class American can rest easier knowing that their taxes will not spike in 2013. The deal I voted for asks everyone to pay a fair rate while safeguarding earned benefits like Medicare and Social Security that the American people have paid into and deserve to have. In addition, it extended unemployment benefits for another year, providing a crucial support line for countless people still struggling through this slow economy.
“While we have averted the so-called ‘fiscal cliff,’ Americans deserve more from their elected Representatives than what this Congress delivered. By refusing to negotiate until the very last minute, House Republicans brought us to the verge of disaster. There is no excuse for this kind of political brinksmanship, and I urge all of my colleagues to seek the common ground that is needed for our Democracy to thrive.”