Tonight, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1) voted in favor of the deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. The bill had already passed the U.S. Senate, and tonight it passed the U.S. House of Representatives 257 to 167. Rep. DeGette's statement is as follows:
"For the sake of hardworking middle class families and our nation's economic recovery, I am pleased we were able to come to a bipartisan agreement that averted the so-called fiscal cliff. It was far from the deal many of us hoped for, and certainly not the comprehensive solution we saw in this opportunity. However, with the economic recovery still fragile, we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. We have a responsibility to the American people to do the right thing -- and the right thing was to prevent everyone's taxes from going up tomorrow or sending the financial markets into a tailspin.
"In the coming weeks, we must address the serious challenges of sequestration with a comprehensive and balanced approach that strengthens our short and long-term economic future. Once again we also must raise the debt ceiling, and I strongly urge my colleagues across the aisle to not initiate a repeat of the irresponsible debt ceiling debate of 2011. The full faith and credit of the United States is not a political pawn, and, quite simply, just like any American family, we have an obligation to pay the bills that we have already incurred. The last debate resulted in a downgrade of our nation's credit rating, and this time the consequences would be far worse.
"As we address these next fiscal challenges, I hope my colleagues can work together towards bipartisan and bicameral solutions. The American people deserve better than a Congress that acts like a student running into their professor's office to turn in a term paper by midnight on its due date."