Fiscal Cliff Tuesday: 'People Are Frustrated'


Although there were signs Tuesday night Republicans in the House of Representatives would vote to end the fiscal cliff crisis, most of the day came and went with no vote, and increasing signs of rebellion from the most conservative members of the GOP.

The Senate voted early Tuesday morning on a package that would extend income tax cuts for most Americans while increasing tax rates on families making more than $450,000. It also postponed drastic spending cuts that are due to take effect Wednesday.

However, conservative Republicans in the House fought much of the day Tuesday for additional spending cuts. 

"People are frustrated, I'm frustrated," said Bill Owens, the Democrat who represents northern New York in Congress, Monday afternoon.

"We have a bipartisan bill that came out of the Senate after very thorough negotiations. We had Mr. Boehner saying it was up to the Senate to pass something, whatever they passed, he'd bring to
the floor. He's now reneged on that again."

That said, by mid-evening Tuesday it appeared as if Boehner might bring the Senate bill up for a vote in the House after all. The Republican leadership in the House was counting votes to see if there were enough votes to pass the Senate measure.

Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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