U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the statement below following reports that House Republican leaders would not vote on an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff tonight:
"What's happening in Washington right now is a disgrace and, frankly, it's embarrassing that Congress is facing another critical financial deadline with no agreement in place that will protect seniors, middle class families, small business owners, and the unemployed and that will reduce our nation's debt. Rhode Islanders want Democrats and Republicans to act like adults and work together to avert the fiscal cliff, and that's what I will continue to do. While I hope that the ongoing discussions between Vice President Biden and the Senate Republican leadership will help lead to a deal, I am deeply disappointed that Republicans in the House have decided they will not consider a proposal until our country has already gone over the fiscal cliff."