Fiscal Cliff:The Votes of My Representative and Senators

750px-Flag_of_Florida.svgI am pleased to report that my representative, Rep. Daniel Webster, voted against the fiscal cliff bill saying, “this is not the solution America needs. This is simply Washington doing what Washington does best—maintaining the status quo. Passage of this bill does not solve the true fiscal cliff that we face. Americans need and deserve a bolder plan that addresses the real drivers of our debt, which are crippling the next generation. Forcing higher taxes on Americans, while not seriously tackling Washington’s runaway spending, will not turn our economy around, create jobs or solve our debt crisis.  It also does not represent the balanced approach promised by President Obama to the American people.”

Also, Senator Marco Rubio voted against the legislation with the following statement:“I appreciate all the hard word that went into avoiding the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’,’ ” Rubio said in a statement. “I especially commend Senator McConnell’s efforts to make the best out of a bad situation. Nevertheless, I cannot support the arrangement they have arrived at. Rapid economic growth and spending reforms are the only way out of the real fiscal cliff our nation is facing. But rapid economic growth and job creation will be made more difficult under the deal reached here in Washington.

“Thousands of small businesses, not just the wealthy, will now be forced to decide how they’ll pay this new tax and, chances are, they’ll do it by firing employees, cutting back their hours and benefits, or postponing the new hire they were looking to make. And to make matters worse, it does nothing to bring our dangerous debt under control.”

Senator Bill Nelson voted for the bill. As with all controversial issues of consequence, I can find no official public statement on the passage from him or his office. Somethings never change….
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