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OC Congressmen Break Ranks on Fiscal Cliff Deal

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 late Tuesday night, and local GOP legislators split their votes on the controversial deal.

While most of Orange County’s Congressional Republicans voted against the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the compromise that kept the nation from falling over the so-called fiscal cliff, two prominent legislators broke ranks with the GOP to pass the bill.

Longtime Los Alamitos Rep. Ed Royce, voted in favor of the act along with Gary Miller, who represents Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. The two are among the five GOP congressmen representing Orange County Patch cities who signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to raise taxes. Three of their Orange County colleagues voted against the deal, including Rep. John Campbell, who represents Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach and Lake Forest, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who represents Fountain Valley and Seal Beach until 2013 when he will represent the new 48th District stretching from Seal Beach to Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo, and Congressman Darrell Issa, who will represent Dana Point, San Clemente, Coto De Caza, San Juan Capistrano and Ladera Ranch in the new 49th District.

Royce was quoted in The Orange County Register today, explaining his decision “This bill protects millions of Americans from harsh tax hikes  – hikes that would have been a systemic shock to our already weak economy,” Royce said on the House floor before the vote. “Tax relief has been achieved. Now is the time for the president to work with Congress to address government overspending, the underlying problem.”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 to avert the fiscal cliff late Tuesday night. The vote was 257 to 167.

The bill permanently extends current tax rates for income less than $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for households, along with a combination of other spending cuts without raising the nation’s debt limit.

The deal does not include the payroll tax break that expired at the end of 2012. For people earning $50,000 in annual salary, that means a loss of around $80 per month to higher taxes, or about an extra $1,000 per year.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed the fiscal cliff compromise Tuesday at 2 a.m. with a vote of 89-8.

Campbell took to Facebook to voice his displeasure with the bill, posting his own quote from a New York Times article: “I personally hate it…The speaker the day after the election said we would give on taxes, and we have, but we wanted spending cuts. This bill has spending increases. Are you kidding me?”

Issa appeared on CNN to make his case, arguing that the bill’s absence of significant spending cuts makes it unpalatable. In speech on the House floor, he said, “When faced with a mountain of debt that we’re heading for like an airplane, did we climb over the it? No. What we are going to do in the present plan is put nearly another trillion dollars worth of debt on the American people.”

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS

Are You happy with your legislator’s vote? Why or why not?

JustUs January 07, 2013 at 10:32 PM
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Homer January 07, 2013 at 11:38 PM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/6/obama-supporters-shocked-angry-new-tax-increases/ Obama supporters shocked, angry at new tax increases
Joker Joe January 08, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Homer That is precious.... lol lol Sometimes, watching a Democrat learn something is wonderful, like seeing the family dog finally sit and stay at your command. With President Obama back in office and his life-saving “fiscal cliff” bill jammed through Congress, the new year has brought a surprising turn of events for his sycophantic supporters. “What happened that my Social Security withholding’s in my paycheck just went up?” a poster wrote on the liberal site DemocraticUnderground.com. “My paycheck just went down by an amount that I don’t feel comfortable with. I guarantee this decrease is gonna’ hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will hurt those making over 400 grand. What happened?” Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/6/obama-supporters-shocked-angry-new-tax-increases/#ixzz2HPTZgcPD Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
Joker Joe January 11, 2013 at 01:35 PM
House Republicans last week blasted Senate Democrats for filling the fiscal cliff deal with pet projects and pork barrel spending. That legislation not only extended Bush-era tax cuts and put off tough spending decisions, as it was meant to do, but gave tax breaks to Hollywood and NASCAR. Next week, in a move that “gives as good as you get” the House will vote on its version of $50.6 billion in emergency assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy—a measure also loaded with earmarks far removed from the storm victims. That huge spending package includes billions of dollars of unrelated storm projects, according to a new analysis by Taxpayers for Common Sense, the spending watchdog. Among the extraneous spending: continued....
Joker Joe January 11, 2013 at 01:37 PM
$2 billion for the Federal Highway Administration to spend on road improvements across the country unrelated to the hurricane damage and flooding. $16 billion of Community Development Funds that would be available to any community or state that was declared a federal disaster area in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Twenty-four states sustained damage from Sandy, but this provision extends community development funds to an additional 23 states and Puerto Rico. Only Arizona, Michigan and South Carolina would be left out. $500 million for Army Corps of Engineers reclamation projects in coastal areas that were unscathed by Hurricane Sandy. The federal government would pick up the full cost of beach reclamation and sand pumping. In the past, localities were required to pick up about a third of the cost. $25 million to improve weather and hurricane intensity forecasting – an important priority but one that could be handled through the normal budget process. Seems the party doesn't matter.... Just PARTY at the trough at taxpayer expensive.

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