U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement on the Senate vote on the fiscal cliff:
"While this deal is far from perfect, the Senate took the appropriate steps to protect the middle class and keep in place common sense measures - like the earned income tax credit and unemployment insurance - that will help keep the economy on track. I am hopeful that the House will do the same. While we may have avoided some of the immediate catastrophic consequences of the fiscal cliff, there is much more work to be done. Moving forward, Republicans and Democrats need to come together to reduce the deficit in smart and responsible ways that protect working families and continue to create jobs."