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Schakowsky, Dold Help Avoid Fall From Fiscal Cliff

Dold chairs some of debate as term draws to a close.

 

North Shore members of Congress joined forces in unusual ways Tuesday to help the country avoid the fiscal cliff after weeks of drama, threats and fear as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted New Year's Day to avert higher taxes for most Americans.

After the Senate made its move in the wee hours of the day with an 89-8 tally, the House voted late Tuesday, 257-167, to pass the measure with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) and Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) on the same side for one of the few times in the 112th Congress. 

Earlier: What falling off the fiscal cliff could cost you?

That heads off tax increases for about 99 percent of Americans, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

Dold joined only 89 other Republicans—and 167 Democrats—of the 241 in the lower chamber to help American families earning less than $450,000 and individuals making less than $400,000 pay fewer taxes in the new year.

“We are keeping rates low” for most U.S. workers,” Dold said in a Chicago Sun-Times story. “I do hope that there are going to be other opportunities to talk about reining in spending because we have to do that.”

Schakowsky was also pleased most Americans will not feel the pinch of higher taxes, according to the Sun-Times. “We stopped taxes going up for 98 percent of Americans,” she said in the Sun Times. “We asked the rich to pay more. For the first time in 20 years, Republicans are being forced to vote for higher taxes. This is a good deal.”

Dold also spent much of the day chairing debate on the House floor while Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was closeted in meetings. The bipartisan vote needing more Democrats than Republicans for passage may have been Dold’s last.

Rep. elect Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) will take Dold’s place representing the 10th Congressional District when the 113th Congress is sworn in Thursday.

The deal means there will not be spending cuts on programs, such as Medicare, that benefit middle-class and lower-income earners, the San Jose Mercury News reported. 

However, the payroll tax will increase for virtually all working Americans, who will now see Social Security deductions increased by about two percentage points, NPR reports.

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Jim January 02, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Saved! Our "leaders" have saved us from the "cliff". I suppose we should be thankful that the politicians have not screwed things up even worse. Now that we are saved there are a few things to keep in mind: Thanks to The Federal Reserve and the politicians love of free money, what cost $50.00 in 1912 now costs $1000.00, the 0% interest rate allows the government to borrow for next to nothing while crippling anyone on a fixed income. The money supply increases inexorably to fund government spending so the politicians can buy votes, countries lending us money want to stop using dollars as the reserve currency which would lead to incredible inflation for Americans and the government refuses to stop spending which would be painful but not nearly as bad as hyperinflation. The present administration believes that the government can "create jobs" by continuing to spend borrowed money. They don't remember that The Soviet Union had near 100% employment, all government jobs, but that no one produced anything and there were constant severe shortages of just about everything. Many in the small business community will not hire because of uncertainty and the hiring taxes which requires a $30,000.00 per year employee to add $36,000.00 per year in value to the employer before the employer can make any profit. Obamacare will make that scenario even more difficult. Thank goodness we were saved from the "cliff" so that the politicians can kill the economic life of the nation more slowly.
chris January 03, 2013 at 04:31 PM
You're correct, but these folks don't care. They're high on new found acceptance of their weirdness and/or new found subsistence through any means but work. It won't last long and when it collapses it will be brutal. Why do you think they're making so much effort to control fuel, food, media and weapons?
Jac Charlier January 04, 2013 at 03:50 AM
The title of this article is misleading and incomplete. What happened in Congress is identical to what is going on in Springfield with public pensions (still not resolved). Those who caused the problem now try to claim they solved it without acknowledging their role in creating it in the first place (yes, this is circular in nature). This is maddening...I cause something, then claim to solve it, while never admitting my role in creating it in the first place! Unbelievable.
Danni March 26, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Patch: there is some benefit to your uninformed and propagandist publication; the intelligent comments from the Jims and Chrises and Jacs inform those readers who are low information voters. Jan Schakowsky stood on the Supreme Court steps immediately following the decision on Obamacare constution decision to force us to purchase a product or be fined, and she said, "I want to see all Doctors unionized." Ah, government controlled docs and wow, all those dues for Jan. Weeks later I attended a townhall debate between Schakowsky and her intelligent, normal, freedom and constitutional supporter, non-communist opponent, Tim Wolfe. The debate had a good deal of focus on Obamacare and Schakowsky extolled it's virtues and denied Wolfe's predictions of the calamity in store for us, both financially and medically. Following the forum, I merged into a group of approximately 20 people asking additional questions of Schakowsky, one of which was her personal concerns for the predicted quality of medical care under Obamacare. She answered, ":Oh, the care will be wonderful and we in Congress will receive the identical care, there is absolutely no difference between your plan and our plan." I rocked. Some jaws fell open just long enough to know they knew Schkowsky was lying. Nothing has and nothing will ever come from a Schakowsky reign.

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