Today, U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI15) issued the following statement regarding the fiscal cliff negotiations:
"We are concluding one of the most unsuccessful Congresses in history, noteworthy not only for its failure to accomplish anything of importance, but also for the poisonous climate of the Institution. There remains only a little time in which putting aside ill will and drawing upon our shared love of the country we can yet do something worthy of our beloved nation. Let us come together determined to share effort and resolve in good will to address the economic problems about to be exasperated by our previous inaction.
"We can and must reduce spending -- on this we all agree. Let us, Republicans and Democrats alike, support reduced taxes on all income below $400,000 and allow that to be an important element in the solution. As the French say when their country is threatened: "La Patrie En Danger (our country is in danger).'
"Let us work together to solve our problems in the few days that remain in 2012. And as we go into the New Year, this must be the moment when we remind ourselves of the values and love of this country that we all share, instead of consistently focusing on what divides us. I have been fortunate enough to witness many historical moments in this nation's history-good and bad. We are at a critical time and this needs to be a moment in which Democrats and Republicans act not as partisans but as patriots."