WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO) -- Of the 2 Senators and 15 Congressmen, 14 of them voted for the measure.Only Justin Amash, Bill Huizenga and Tim Walberg voted against the bill, because they said it just makes the debt worse.
The sequestration issue, that’s the automatic cuts have been delayed two months, so those issues will eventually have to be addressed.
The compromise means 2-million Americans receiving unemployment won’t be cut off and singles who make 400-thousand or more and couples who make 450-thousand or more will be paying higher taxes.
Congressman Fred Upton was one of 85-Republicans to vote for the bill, saying he “couldn’t sit idly by” and let tax rates go up on most southwest Michigan Residents. He says the real work of cutting the budget is still ahead.
Michigan’s delegation may have had more reasons to approve the stop-gap measure. The state is still healing from the Great Recession and some 93-thousand residents still depend on unemployment insurance to put food on the table. In fact Republican Dave Camp sponsored the measure.
Lonnie Scott with Michigan Action was surprised by Camp’s support after some of the criticism he had for earlier compromise proposals and he hopes their efforts played some role in passage of the measure. They held vigils at the offices of 5 republican congressmen this past week, including Camp’s office.
It may take care of the tax side of the issue, but the tougher issue of cuts is another cliff that is looming out there, and the country may still go over if another deal can’t be struck in the next two months.