Meadville Tribune

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January 3, 2013

Area lawmakers all vote in favor of 'cliff' resolution


MEADVILLE — Glenn Thompson

Like Kelly, Thompson pointed out there’s more work to do, but called out the Senate and President Obama for action.

“Over the last two years, the House has taken action to fully avert the fiscal cliff and also put forward serious proposals to reduce our national debt, only to see these measures languish in the Senate,” Thompson said. “While H.R. 8 avoids the fiscal cliff, the time has come for the Senate and the president to join the House in working to address our growing debt crisis.”

Bob Casey

Sen. Casey agreed more work as to be done.

“Moving forward, Republicans and Democrats need to come together to reduce the deficit in smart and responsible ways that protect working families and continue to create jobs,” Casey, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, said in a statement. “While this deal is far from perfect, the Senate took the appropriate steps to protect the middle class and keep in place common-sense measures — like the earned income tax credit and unemployment insurance — that will help keep the economy on track.”

Pat Toomey

Toomey said one of his top priorities has been to pursue policies that maximize economic growth and job creation through lower taxes.

“We made this tax relief permanent, thereby establishing the predictability necessary to promote economic growth and job creation,” Toomey said in a statement. “Neither side got everything it wanted in this deal. I had to accept provisions I did not like — my preference would have been to avoid higher taxes for all Americans. But I believe this legislation is the best we could do for taxpayers and job seekers in Pennsylvania.”

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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