Cliffhanger no more? House pushing to final vote

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  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    @spring street

    Show me the quote where Obama characterizes the Bush tax cuts as "tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans AND the middle class," and I'll stop bugging you about it.

    Post it right here -->

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    For those of you who really believed there was ever a problem, wake up. This deal was done months ago. Think about it, politicians always need good theatre so they can someone make us believe they stayed up for weeks and weeks and then at the very last minute after all their energy was depleted they rode in on their white horses and saved the day. Really? at the last minute? This was in the works long ago..I cannot believe there are actually Americans gullible enough to think this was a last minute deal and these wonderful politicians saved the day! what a crock!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    The headline is wrong. We are still cliff dwellers. This legislation fixed nothing. The increase on the rich fails to bring more revenue. We didn't cut anything. (In fact, Obama piled on new expenses.)
    All this bill does is move the fiscal cliff deadline down the calendar a few months.

  • freedom in 2017 paradise, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 4:41 a.m.

    look at what WE got. a clueless president for four more years and mostly lapdog republicans. time for all the incumbents to be booted out and term limits mandated, it is hard to believe barry the community organizer with no experience and economically clueless is still pretending to lead this great country. free stuff apparently works.

  • cpafred SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 1:02 a.m.

    The Dow Jones futures market shot up 250 points after the vote. This means that financial markets and investors (i.e., most real business people) believe Congress did the right thing and are relieved that Utah's crazy contingent did not prevail.

    Granted, we need to spend less in the future (and all future spending should be on the table) but we are totally capable of growing out of the current GOP fabricated "debt crisis". Hopefully our nation's leaders will continue to act responsibly during the upcoming months.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 11:51 p.m.

    Obamma hates Republicans and has no innterest in communicating with them. He has assumed very broad powers in order to fundamentally change America. What did all of you who voted for him think he meant by that. Look at what you got.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 1, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    Obama compromised with Republicans in 2010 when he extended all the Bush tax cuts for 2 more years.

    Tonight was the first time since Obama has been president, that any major legislation has received more than a couple of Republican votes. Republicans have done nothing since Obama assumed the presidency, but plot to bring him down, deny him a 2nd term, regardless of the affect it has on our country. Republican intransigence caused the U.S. credit rating to be downgraded for the first time in history. I have no doubt they will do it again. Nevermind that the debt ceiling doesn't have anything to do future spending. Essentially Republicans are willing to tell world markets that the U.S. will not pay its PAST bills.

    We cannot/should not cut spending UNTIL employment fully recovers. Spending cuts need to have an effective date down the road.

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 11:03 p.m.

    Although I do not agree with the tax increases on higher income taxpayers, that is not my biggest problem with this bill. My biggest problem is that it puts off spending cuts until later. In other words, the spending cuts in a likelihood will not actually happen. And the Democrats blame the Republicans for not compromising? There is not even one tiny little spending cut in the bill. And the media just goes right along with it and pushes the idea that it is all the Republicans' fault. It is sickening. To be fair, both sides are to blame for the mess we are in, but Democrats are significantly more to blame. And this "solution" to the fiscal cliff is just as bad as the fiscal cliff itself would have been, if not worse.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 10:55 p.m.

    Republicans time to lead again will come again And the country needs them. It will be sooner than later if they give up their petty social issues and recogonize and RESPECT the changed demographics of our country.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 10:37 p.m.

    It passed 257-167.

    The Utah Congressmen ALL voted AGAINST passage.

    Thank you Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz, and especially Jim Matheson for refusing to go along with this incessant stealing from our children to pass out "free stuff" to the masses.

    Sanity, especially fiscal sanity, lost this battle, but we cannot surrender. We must cut spending. That will require fighting again and again, when the debt ceiling comes up, when budget and appropriation bills are considered, etc.

    I may envy the rich, but I see them as a role model and mentor, not a someone to be hated and robbed. Not everyone will agree with that. So, they just want to steal the wealth the rich have worked for and earned, not work for it themselves. They call it a "tax" but it is theft.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 10:10 p.m.

    Why do we keep referring to "tax cuts" when what we're really facing is "tax increases?" The Repubs let the Dems paint them into that corner. Where's Utah Senior Senator and all the other supposed "leaders" in Washington DC? The community organizer, who is a good orator but has never run anything on his own, gets his way because no one is willing to stand up to him.

    Honestly, why would any person who believes in personal responsibility, opportunity and creativity ever want to pay higher taxes? Why is the government the "golden" answer, unless you want them to take care of you from the cradle to the grave?

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    Obama never claimed that the middle class did not receive tax cuts. if you can prove he did then please prove it otherwise stop making false claims.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    Will Obama admit that Bush's "tax cuts for the rich" apply to the middle class?