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Fiscal Cliff: Rep. John Kline Votes Yes, Explains Why

Rep. John Kline (R-Burnsville) was the only Minnesota Republican to vote yes on the House bill.

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.”

Joshua January 03, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Take a wild guess how Bachmann voted. Not that I care; since I don't live in her district but she's a cookie-cutter anti-democrat obstructionist. I was very surprised to see Kline's aye in the tally. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml
resident January 03, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Exploiting gullibility,- Congressmen Kline makes a living with it. He created and maintaind our huge national deficit by supporting yearly trillion dollar military budgets so his gunslinging capitalists croneys have the money to make big profits off it.
Erin Cameron January 04, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Wow, I am surprised at the comments. I really thought this was a fairly conservative area. How disappointing. The military budget isn't the problem. I enjoy living in a free country with so many brave men and women protecting us so we can sleep soundly at night. Maybe we don't need to be the policemen of the world; that would solve many money problems. But of course the biggest problem is the spending. Cut subsidies and entitlements. When you or I don't have the money for something, we don't go into debt that we can't pay off (well I don't); we have to live within a budget. Why doesn't the federal government need to do the same?? Why has the Senate not passed a budget bill in years?? Oh yeah, it's Democrat controlled. If we, federal government included, live within our means, we would all be better off. I appreciate not having to pay more in taxes - directly - but we will all be paying more indirectly. Fight for freedom, be George Washington.
resident January 04, 2013 at 05:52 AM
Erin C. you call being brainwashed and in the claws of capitalists free? You are right our problem is spending, but it is on wars or on so-called defense. The U.S. is spending more then China, Russia, Great Briton, France, Italy, Germany and Japan all together. If this is good money spent and would work then how come we need all the security at every airport. Dose it make you more secure to have 182 US military bases all around the world. A Brazilian or Australian person is more secure then you or I without this big spending on “Defense”. We are conservatives and intend to conserve our tax money on something of value that works. We look at facts of what Kline is doing and not his B.S. I paid all my working live into FICA and therefore I own the eared benefits. So don’t you or any politician label my eared property an “entitlement” with the intend to cheat me out of it.
Diana Neameyer January 06, 2013 at 01:48 AM
I get tired of John Kline blaming Obama for everything. He's been in the House since 2003. What did he do to rein in spending for 5 years when Bush was president. We've had tax relief since 2001 so where have all the job creators been the last 12 years?

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