After a full day of will they, won't they, the U.S. House passed a bill late Tuesday night to avert the perilous
The bill garnered the support of all but 16
Hours earlier, in the darkness of the first hours of the new year, Pennsylvania U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and
Dent, 15th congressional district, said in a statement that the Congress got "unacceptably close."
"Let's be clear. Failing to act on this legislation would have resulted in a tax increase of more than $4 trillion over ten years for American families," Dent said. "There was widespread agreement from credible economic sources that the effects of "going over the Fiscal Cliff" would have pushed our struggling economy back into a recession and that unemployment would have reached 9 percent. Those outcomes would have caused real harm to the vast majority of American families and were not acceptable to me."
Barletta, 11th district, shared similar sentiments, saying "my goal was to get the lowest taxes possible for as many of my constituents as possible, and this bill does that."
But Barletta, who was elected in the