Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-31) released the following statement after voting against the Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments to H.R. 8 last night:
"For months, President Barack Obama pursued in good faith a balanced, long-term solution to the so-called "fiscal cliff' -- a self-inflicted crisis created by Congressional dysfunction. But as has become common practice over the last two years, House Republicans walked away from the negotiating table, leaving the President and Democratic leaders in Congress with very few options, including this last-minute agreement on taxes voted on in the House late last night.
"In the end, I could not support this short-term fix which may spawn additional long-term problems, putting off until later the tough decisions on taxes and our nation's debt and deficits, while also ignoring the biggest deficit challenging America's prosperity: a jobs deficit. Produce jobs, revenues increase. Produce jobs, deficits drain away. Produce jobs, and the engine of American success -- the middle class -- grows and strengthens.
"My hope for the new year and a new Congress is for a renewed focus on finding common sense solutions that will put ordinary Americans first."