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Murphy Votes In Favor of Fiscal Cliff Deal

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 late Tuesday night.

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.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) voted in favor of passing the legistlation. He explained his reasoning in this statement:

“The process and product are imperfect, but what has been achieved can’t be overlooked. We’ve overcome the impasse to permanently lock in lower tax rates for 99 percent of taxpayers. (The) vote opens the door for work to begin in the next session of Congress on significant cuts in federal spending, meaningful tax reform and pro-growth policies to get our country back on solid fiscal footing.”

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.

Murphy provided the following links for his constituents:

Summary of Tax Provisions in the Senate Fiscal Cliff Bill

Comparing Current Law with the President's Proposal and the Senate Compromise

One Page Summary of the Fiscal Cliff Package

We want to know what you think of the fiscal cliff deal. Please tell us in the comments below.

Oren Spiegler January 02, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Representative Murphy made the right vote, albeit for a deeply flawed bill which is riddled with omissions, and which is one that was delivered, shamefully, after the eleventh hour had passed. He is dead wrong in stating his purported belief that the bill opens the door to "significant cuts in federal spending" and "meaningful tax reform". When we spend now and promise cuts later, the cuts do not ever materialize regardless of which major political party is in power. Meaningful tax reform would be an end to the tens of thousands of pages of gobbledygook that are contained in the Internal Revenue Service Code, and which ties the American people into knots. Neither of these pipe dreams shall come to fruition.
Tony K. January 02, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Every Republican who voted yea should be ashamed of themselves. Any vote to increase taxes on anyone without specific spending cuts in writing is detrimental to the future of our children and grand children. Trust me, The spending cuts will never happen. Obama is too good. He is smarter than eveyone in Congress, and has power over everyone in Congress. There is not enough representatve who will challenge him and do whats right for America. Our Senators and Representatives are worried about keeping their place in office as opposed to making the hard decisions.
Glenn Robinson January 02, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I'm pretty disgusted that it ever got this far. Had they passed the constitutionally mandated budget each year it never would have come to this. No member of congress should be proud of themselves.
bob balmer January 02, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Way to go Tim Murphy! Now you can spend your time looking for the presidents birth certificate.

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