(Washington, D.C.) – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate and passed a short-term deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. In response, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) issued the following statement on behalf of the Republican Main Street Partnership:
“The consequences of going over the fiscal cliff would have been disastrous. Virtually all Americans, not just upper income taxpayers, would face an abrupt tax increase averaging more than $3,400 per household. Failure to reach a deal would have done real damage to our economy and resulted in unnecessary job losses.
“Avoiding these dire consequences is obviously a good thing, which is why so many of my colleagues in the House and Senate joined me in voting for this deal. The work, however, is not done.
“I am deeply disappointed that the opportunity was missed to do what must really be done – craft a comprehensive bipartisan deal to address our looming debt crisis. This short-term deal was a necessary one, but it has simply kicked the can down the road when it comes to dealing with the national debt.
“No one in Washington should take a victory lap, instead we need our leaders to recommit themselves to doing the hard work that will be required to find a solution to the debt crisis we are facing.”
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The Republican Main Street Partnership (RMSP) is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, RMSP is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on RMSP, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.