Below is a statement from U.S. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, on Tuesday’s vote in favor of a bipartisan bill to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff”:
“The bipartisan fiscal cliff agreement is not perfect. Indeed, it is far from it. But it is the right thing to do, and is necessary to ensure taxes do not go up on hard-working middle class families. It ensures more fairness and equality in the tax code while extending pro-growth, pro-business and pro-jobs policies. That is why I voted for this agreement.
“However, I am deeply troubled by the process and brinksmanship leading up to this point. In a few short weeks, our nation will again be tasked with raising the debt ceiling and dealing with massive spending cuts. The American people expect Congress to work together, meet deadlines and compromise. I hope that will be the case as we enter a new year and a new session of Congress.”