U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill to protect Americans from tax hikes:
"Having worked hard to get these tax policies passed in 2001 and 2003, I'm glad that this vote protects middle class families and small business owners from tax hikes.
"This bill permanently protects 99 percent of taxpayers from a tax increase, provides permanent tax relief and economic certainty for every American, and ensures the vast majority of farm families and small businesses in Missouri will not face the unfair death tax."
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill tonight released the following statement in response to a compromise deal to address automatic tax increases and spending cuts:
"This deal isn't perfect, but it achieves what's most important here by protecting middle class families, and it's a down-payment toward a more realistic economic policy. It also represents a fact that too many in Washington seem to have forgotten-that compromise requires give-and-take. That's a value Missouri voters strongly endorsed just a few weeks ago. Starting now, Congress has got to do better. We have hard work ahead to address the budget deficit in the type of broader, balanced package I have long fought for. And we need to put an end to these eleventh-hour stalemates that do nothing but endanger our economy."