Republicans Refuse Bipartisan Deal to Avoid Fiscal Cliff, Leave Uncertainty for Americans During Holidays

For Immediate Release:

December 21, 2012

MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP

This week, House Republicans wasted time on a partisan proposal instead of working with Democrats to reach a balanced, bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff.  Instead of continuing negotiations with President Obama on a responsible solution that includes both spending cuts and new revenue to restore our country’s fiscal sustainability, House Republicans attempted to hold a vote on partisan legislation that would not advance in the Senate. Last night, they canceled their plans to hold that vote when they could not secure enough Republican votes to pass it.

This shows us that the only way to avert the fiscal cliff is through a bipartisan plan that passes with Democratic and Republican votes. I urge my Republican colleagues to continue their negotiations with President Obama so that we can get something done to strengthen our economy and give families and businesses the certainty they need.

Wishing you and your family health and happiness during this holiday season.

Sincerely yours,

STENY H. HOYER

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