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WASHINGTON – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) issued the following
statement on her vote in opposition to the so-called deal to avert the fiscal
cliff by imposing devastating tax increases without including any meaningful
spending reductions to address our nation's debt crisis.
“Speaker Boehner and our leadership deserve a tremendous amount
of credit for what they have done in our efforts to solve the problem and avert
the fiscal cliff. Unfortunately, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid have shown no willingness to address the real root of the problem –
Washington’s out-of-control spending.
passed a number of bills with bipartisan support prior to the election last year
to deal with the tax extenders, put in place a plan for tax reform, and prevent
the devastating defense cuts that will come as a result of sequestration. If the
President and Senate Democrats were truly serious about solving our nation’s
fiscal problems, they should have stayed in DC and off the campaign trail until
they were able to get something done.
“It is disrespectful
to the American people for Majority Leader Reid to wait until the last minute to
pass a bill at 2am on New Year’s Day. Leaders make choices. Their choice was
inaction and the consequence has been a classic tax and spend DC
“This bill only makes the situation worse. It
imposes job-killing tax hikes, does nothing to restrain spending, adds to our
annual deficit, and increases our debt by nearly $4 trillion over the next
“The problem in Washington is not that we tax too
little, it’s that we spend too much. That is why I recently supported the
Spending Reduction Act, which passed the House before the holidays and would put
in place mandatory spending reductions. It is what my constituents expect to
see. They are demanding fiscal restraint.
continue to give the President money we don’t have to spend on programs the
American people don’t want. For the future of our children and grandchildren, we
have to exercise fiscal restraint.”
Tuesday, January 1 2013, 10:34 PM CST
Tishomingo County voters OK beer, alcohol sales
May 22, 2013 23:38 GMT
IUKA, Miss. (AP) -- Tishomingo County is the latest Mississippi jurisdiction to legalize alcohol sales.
Voters approved the sale of liquor, wine and beer Tuesday, reports the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13JCcix).
It wasn't clear referendums would pass until affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
With more than half Tishomingo County's voters casting ballots, legalizing alcohol passed by 42 votes, while legalizing beer and light wine passed by 73. The county borders Alabama and Tennessee.
Lawmakers legalized liquor at a proposed resort at the county's Bay Springs Lake in 2010, but it wasn't built.
Greene County voters legalized beer sales last year, while Corinth, New Albany and Senatobia have legalized alcohol sales under a 2012 law that allows cities to hold votes.
Mississippi has 13 remaining counties that allow no beer or alcohol sales.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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