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Congressmen not pleased with Senate on fiscal cliff avoidance

By The News-Item

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Both U.S. Reps. Lou Barletta (R-11) and Tom Marino (R-10) are not pleased with the Senate's moves to avoid the fiscal cliff by the first of the year.

"If the Senate doesn't act, every single American who pays taxes will pay more starting Jan. 1," Barletta said in a prepared statement sent via e-mail from his communications director Shawn M. Kelley. "The Senate's inaction is also causing tremendous uncertainty among our employers, and that's handcuffing economic growth. The Senate needs to step up and act."

Marino, in a prepared statement sent via e-mail from his press secretary Sarah Wolf, said the House Republicans have passed legislation to avert the effects of the cliff and offered a proposal that would raise tax rates for top earners.

"Despite this major concession, Democrats continue to ask for more -- more wasteful spending on programs that operate at the most inefficient and ineffective levels. House Republicans have already passed legislation that will extend tax cuts for the middle class, but it is the Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid and President Obama who are refusing to compromise," Marino said.

Barletta said the House passed a bill in August that would keep the tax rates for everyone, and they are waiting for Senate to either pass that bill or amend it and send it back.

Marino said the country has a spending problem, not a taxing problem.

"During his campaign, the president called for and promised the American people a balanced approach to averting the fiscal cliff -- one that incorporated a combination of tax reforms, spending cuts, and reforms to entitlement programs," he said. "Unfortunately, President Obama has reneged on this promise and continues to demand more tax hikes on America's families and small businesses without offering a responsible and realistic plan to curb out-of-control spending."

Marino, calling the situation a "complete and utter mess," said it should remind lawmakers and elected officials that they are the ones who have the ability to change the way Washington operates.

"Whether we look to procedural changes, term limits or decreasing the concentration of power within leadership roles, we must take a serious look at the internal dysfunction that has left the American people in a state of such uncertainty, frustration and anger," he said,

While the House waits for action from Senate leadership, Marino said he will continue to work for the people of Pennsylvania's 10th District and will remain committed to seeing that Americans do not bear the brunt of a tax hike.


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  1. Son Of ThunderComment by mcrank
    December 29, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    We’re none too pleased either. In fact, I would like to see the whole bunch kicked out and just start over.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      December 29, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      “House Republicans have already passed legislation that will extend tax cuts for the middle class, but it is the Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid and President Obama who are refusing to compromise,” Marino said.”

      Finally someone with the courage to go to the public and explain exactly WHAT the problem has been–Obama and Reid. The House has done its job while Reid and Obama continue to play politics rather than doing their constitutional duty.

      I would like to know the number of bills passed by the House that Reid declared “dead-on-arrival” in the Senate and refused to even let the Senators debate or discuss them.

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  2. JDZComment by JDZ
    December 29, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    President Obama continues to promise one thing but does something else and getting away with it. Every since his first campaign in 2008, he has continued to publicly tell the American people that running the national debt up is bad, that he wants to create jobs for Americans, that he wants to stimulate the economy, that he believes in national security, that he swore to uphold our Constitution, etc. He is a master of saying what the majority of Americans want to hear. Then, however, he continues to implement policies that are contrary to what he promised to do.

    Since being elected in 2008, he has increased our national debt from $10 Trillion to over $16 Trillion and continuing to grow at over $1 Trillion a year. He now is spending nearly 50% more every day then the government takes in in revenue and attempting to cover it by borrowing and printing more new money.

    His policies are killing our private economy instead of stimulating it to grow and create new jobs for the 23 million plus out of work or underemployed.

    He has invested billions of taxpayer money in green energy programs and subsidies of which nearly all of them have failed to meet expectations or have gone bankrupt.

    He has continued to favor programs and policies that give labor unions more and more power and control, particularly in the public sector, which in the end game is driving government into a fiscal crises at all levels of government. More and more cities are going bankrupt as the salaries and benefits of public service employees have risen to unsustainable levels.

    His foreign policies have been disastrous with the murder of our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans due to incompetence within the State department being just the latest and most visible example of the inexperience and ineptness of the state department.

    What is amazing is how many Americans keep buying into this Obama con game.

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    • powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
      December 29, 2012 @ 11:59 am

      Good points! We are at a tipping point in our country…or may have crossed the point where the “takers” out number the “producers”. Many voters now vote for their personal interest and wants and could care less about the public good.

      I have discussed this point with many people over the past 30 days and it has become very clear the country is at the most divided and non-cohesive point since perhaps the civil war.

      This administration has done and is continuing to do more damage to our nation via financial ruin and social unrest that will take decades to repair.

      Our rights are being squeezed daily and in many ways we are less free than Russia now. We are all to blame! We have set back and whined about the other guys representatives with out uniting to bring about change that is needed to save our nation. Our system is broken! It allows the likes of Reid and Pelosi to stay in Congress for ever…something that was not intended by the framers of the Constitution.

      So, how do we fix this? First, we have to agree the system is broken and no longer works. Next, we have to form at the grass roots level people of conviction that will band together and go to their representatives and say you have 30 days to really do the right thing or we intend to nationally force change through a new political movement.

      We can not blindly follow the two party system any longer and just complain. It is a disaster and is fraught with graft, deceit, weakness and lack of concern for morals.

      I am sorry for going on so long, but folks I have been reading blogs like these now for years and it is only getting worse. We have to force change…it will not happen on its own!

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  3. middlegroundComment by middleground
    December 29, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Every action of the last 50 years has weakened this nation and increasingly divided us along ethnic, racial and class lines with membership in special groups becoming more important than our rights, duties and responsibilities as individuals. We have abandoned much of our heavy industry to achieve the Utopian goal of stopping change in the biologic and physical world as well as believing we can stop the warming of the Earth’s climate by not using fossil fuels when they have only been used during the last 300 years and the Earth’s climate has been warming for the last 11,700 years. We have allowed organized labor to use monopoly tactics to demand and receive financially unsustainable pension and healthcare promises whose costs have been shifted onto the taxpayers causing massive deficits. We have elected a president who appears to not have the best interests of this nation as his highest priority and whose background and beliefs are still shrouded in mystery.

    Chairman Mao was a strong believer in the stated objectives of General Tzu’s in conducting war and one strategy advocated by General Tzu was to weaken a potential enemy by eroding their ability and desire to wage war. If we look at the above cited changes in our society during the last 50 years, one needs to consider that perhaps we have been under a very successful attack that moved with great slowness and purpose and has always been hidden behind noble, compassionate and idealistic objectives such as “species preservation”, “environmental protection”, “climate change” and “equality”. It is a question we should be asking ourselves before it is too late.

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  4. gileyComment by giley
    December 29, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Washington is totally broken and disfunctional. What we need there is a complete overhaul of the politicians who it seems are more for protecting their jobs and cushy benefits than rerpesenting their constituents. At the top of the heap is a president that is for some form of system other than capitalism and nothing on this earth is going to sway or change his mindset, that is the way that he was indoctrinated by his mentors. So in the meantime we have to try our best to save our Republic and Constitution from the destroyer and we have no one to thank than those who have their hands out and voted to re-elect him.

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  5. dmttbt6Comment by dmttbt6
    December 29, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    I heard on the news this morning that they have come up with a revoloutionary new tax. They want to start having people pay a tax for each mile they drive.
    That is just beautifull, a person who is lucky enough to have a job but lives in the rural area because they cannot afford to live further in, not only pays a tremendous amount for gas and oil and auto repairs, now they want to penalize them for driving to work and back. UNEMPLOYMENT is looking better all the time!

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    • bulldogComment by bulldog
      December 30, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

      Don’t they already tax the gasoline, and parts and labor for repairs.

      Enough already.

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