Fiscal Cliff Avoided, What Happens Next?
After a New Year’s Eve vote in the Senate and a New Year’s Day approval in the House, the fiscal cliff has been averted. America's not going "over the cliff," and lawmakers managed to wrangle some kind of a bipartisan agreement. So why are so many people still unhappy? As you can imagine, in this highly polarized Congress, what the GOP and Democrats want are so diametrically opposed that any kind of agreement is going to be splitting the baby.
The biggest takeaway is that households with annual incomes of more than $450,000 will lose Bush-era tax cuts, raising their rate from 35% to 39%. Slate has a good rundown of all the key tax cuts and increases, so does National Journal.
Here’s the White House statement on the fiscal cliff deal, and President Obama even released a video this morning, cautiously praising the bipartisan agreement, while being very candid about the fact that the plan doesn’t meet all his goals and calling the fiscal cliff deal the first step towards reducing the deficit.
While most people were making resolutions and watching bowl games, political junkies were lighting up twitter with play-by-plays about John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Harry Reid.
Here's What People Are Tweeting About the Fiscal Cliff
A promising start to the New Year! We will continue working so the budget is not balanced on the backs of children & families #fiscalcliff— Kristin Rowe-Finkbei (@rowefinkbeiner) January 2, 2013
Tonight’s bipartisan vote is a victory for the middle class. Also a victory for President and VP who kept their promise to American people.— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 2, 2013
I am sorry: The entire "fiscal cliff" drama was a creation of the media and the beltway regulars. This does not solve the real issues.— Jodi Jacobson (@jljacobson) January 1, 2013
Paul Ryan voted yes. Crappy New Year!— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 2, 2013
#Fiscalcliff averted, but taxes raised for couples making $450k or more. Why is our govt punishing ppl for pursuing the American Dream?— Rachel Schultz (@schultz_rach) January 2, 2013
kim and kanyes baby got 5 times the amount of attention than the fiscal cliff deal. what are your priorities?— sydney(@sydneyksal) January 2, 2013
The New Year's Day vote included not just the tax items, but several other riders that will affect American women.
What was notably not voted on was a measure to provide relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Stock markets are up today with news of budget agreement, and President Obama’s finally in Hawaii for his belated Christmas vacation, although he still needs to sign the bill into law.
And tomorrow? the new members of the 113th Congress will get sworn in.