After the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed a bill to avoid widespread tax increases and deep spending cuts for Americans (the Senate passed a bill in the early hours of Tuesday), Rep. John Kline (R-Burnsville), who was the only Minnesota Republican to vote 'yes' on the bill, released the following statement:
"For too long, I have called on the administration to work with Congress toward creating an environment that helps families by preserving tax relief and providing economic certainty so private-sector employers can create jobs. While I am pleased tax relief for the middle class and small businesses is made permanent by this bipartisan legislation, the sobering reality is our nation remains in a debt crisis caused by reckless, runaway spending that is killing jobs and threatening the future of our children and grandchildren.
“It should have never come to this. In the House, we have been reasonable and responsible by passing legislation in August to stop the largest tax increase in American history, and in December to replace the disastrous ‘sequester’ to defense with common-sense spending cuts and reforms which would reduce the deficit. Yet the President never called for the Senate to act on those bills, instead allowing the Democrat-controlled chamber to lead our economy and all Americans over the fiscal cliff.
“When the 113th Congress convenes, I hope the President will get serious, reconsider the needs of the nation, and work with us to determine a path forward that will put America back on the road to fiscal strength through meaningful spending reductions and critical reforms that strengthen our nation’s entitlement programs for future generations.”