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), who represents Peters Township, 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.

Roger January 02, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Let's remember this vote has little to do with the "fiscal cliff," despite all the news stories and political rhetoric. It addressed only a small portion of the issue associated with the cliff. To think "we averted the cliff" with this piece of legislation is likened to putting up one wall to a house, and saying "we've built a house." Nothing in here addresses entitlement programs, all on an unsustainable path. This does not address the spending cuts necessary to curtail the steep growth in spending rates the past couple of years. This does nothing about the national debt crisis. While the vote may make "fiscal cliff averted" type headlines, only a brief pulling back of the details reveals it is nothing of the sort.
Tony K. January 02, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Congress should be ashamed of themselves. This vote is detrimental to the future of our children and grand children. The spending cuts will never happen. Obama is too good. He is smarter than eveyone in Congress. There is not enough representatves who will challenge him and do whats right for America. Our Senators and Representatives are gutless. Worried about keeping their place in office as opposed to making the hard decisions. Back on August 1st Congress passed legislation to extend the Bush Tax Cuts. What happened to that? Obama is so good, that he made sure that never surfaced. He made sure that the American public never heard about it. Oh, he's good. He is smarter than everyone in Congress. I do not even know why I vote. The individuals that I vote for do not do the job that we hire them to do anyway. Congressman Murphy, Senator Toomey, thanks for nothing.
Rick Pfeuffer January 03, 2013 at 03:59 PM
This, as almost everything done by our elected representatives of recent history, is a total scam. The only more frightening aspect of this is that "we" continue to elect these folks to act on our behalf. This government has a spending problem, not a taxing problem. My suggestion is that the only way we will begin to understand that is by taxing everyone now for every penny of spending by the government each year. No more deficit spending. Maybe once we see how high taxes must be raised to totally fund the yearly spending of this government we might then "force" our elected representatives to cut spending. Also, we need term limits!!


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