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Hultgren Opposes Fiscal Cliff Legislation

Republican cites failure to address spending as reason for opposition.

Although the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported a Senate-backed bill to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," Rep. Randy Hultgren, who represents Yorkville and Kendall County, opposed the legislation. 

Hultgren, a Republican, said he did not support the bill that raised income taxes on high-earning Americans, because it did not address spending cuts. Calling it "indefensible," Hultgren said the package "makes the 16 trillion dollar debt and trillion dollar deficit even worse."

“I’ve already voted against raising taxes on all Americans, and I cannot support an irresponsible bill which doesn’t begin to address the problem that got us into this mess in the first place," Hultgren said in a released statement. “H.R. 8 addresses several significant issues, including tax rates for families. It repeals the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. It includes an extension of parity for employer-provided transit benefits, which is something I’ve fought for repeatedly. Most importantly, it makes current tax rates permanent for individuals earning less than $400,000 and families earning less than $450,000. That must happen, but not in the absence of any effort to rein in spending.

The bill passed the House 257 to 167. According to The Washington Post the measure "would let the top tax rate rise immediately from 35 percent to 39.6 percent on income over $450,000 for married couples and $400,000 for single people."

Although the bill will protect middle income families from an increase in income taxes, the legislation passed Tuesday night will not stave off an increase in payroll taxes. A 2 percent payroll tax cut passed during the economic downturn expired Dec. 31. According to Bloomberg the average increase would be $1,635. The increase will impact approximately 80 percent of households with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000, Bloomberg reported. 

Lori Lee January 02, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Radical Randy representing Grover Norquist rather than the voters of Illinois. We're better off to just pay him to stay home. Stay in the truck and don't mess with the radio.
Ron Moos January 03, 2013 at 12:27 AM
As a life long Rep I believe that there comes a time to COMPROMISE. This was a good time to do it & you failed. I am getting disgruntled with the Reparty after 70 years.
Kevin Wagner January 03, 2013 at 10:24 PM
His only comments are after the fact. He takes no leadership role. Just another contributor to the disenfranchisement of the people of the state of Illinois.
Chewy January 04, 2013 at 01:49 AM
I'm happy with his vote against tax increases without spending reform. And everyone should have to bear some of the tax increase when it happens.
wiu85 January 04, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Can't win for losing, regardless of your opinion on raising taxes, it seems odd that we would villify Randy for not voting. Without appropriate time to read the bill, it seems that any vote would be irresponsible. Was the passing better for everyone, only time will tell. I am not for cutting benefits on entitlement programs for those who are recieving them, I am not for taking money from those in need. But we/they (the elected officials) have to eliminate waste and cut our spending. Another downgrade will impact borrowing rates that will effect our spending even more. Senator Joe Manchin (hope Correct) Democrat from West Virginia, in an interview said the government could save $1.5 Trillion over the next 10 years just cleaning up the wasteful spending with entitlement programs, that is not cutting benefits. Which would raise more revenue that what the President campaigned on. The victims of Hurricane Sandy need help, but is it prudent for elected officials to use the tragedy to spend more taxpayer money on their pet projects. We are borrowing $6 Billion a day to pay our bills, at some point it has to end, or our children and grandchildren don't stand a chance. I am not sure what the right answer is, but I would be willing to guess that some fiscal responsiblity and elimination of waste would go a long way to getting things back in order financially. If the people they represent are tightening their belts, why doesn't our government.

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