Washington: Ohio's Portman, Brown react to 'cliff' deal

6:36 PM, Jan 1, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON D.C. -- Senator Rob Portman voted for the fiscal cliff agreement, also known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which passed the Senate early New Year's Day morning by a vote of 89 to 8.

"I supported the fiscal cliff agreement because it stops huge tax increases from being imposed the overhwelming majority of Ohio's famiies and job creators," he said, in a staetment.

He continued, "I am also pleased that the $1.2 trillion sequester put in place by the Budget Control Act will not be unwound. Although I will keep fighting to reallocate the across-the-board cuts in our defense programs, with the debt at record levels, Washington cannot let the spending cuts lapse."

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said, in a statement, "While this deal isn't perfect, it represents an important down payment in reducing the deficit and getting America's fiscal house in order. It also prevents dangerous cuts to Social Security and reduces the defucut by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share."

"Moving forward, I'll be working to ensure that future deficit reduction efforts are based around shared sacrifice rather than balancing the budget on the backs of seniors, middle class families and working Americans."

Portman also supported the measure which blocked President Obama's proposed salary increases for his own staff, Congress and other federal employees.

"Now that the fiscal cliff has been averted, Congress and the Obama Administration must move forward on pro-growth tax reform and reform of the important but unsutainable entitlement programs," he said.


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