Pa.’s Federal Lawmakers All Backed ‘Cliff’ Deal
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The deal that averted the “fiscal cliff” was supported unanimously by the Republicans and Democrats who make up Pennsylvania's congressional delegation.
Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, as well as all 19 of the state's members of the U.S. House of Representatives, voted in favor of the legislation Tuesday.
Overall, both houses were divided over the deal, which passed 257-167 in the House and 89-8 in the Senate.
The 11th-hour compromise put off nearly $110 billion in automatic cuts in federal spending and preserved current income tax breaks for all but the wealthiest Americans, whose taxes will increase.
A 2-year-old Social Security tax cut is expiring, which translatesintoa2percent reduction in most workers' paychecks. That means $1,000 for someone making $50,000 a year.