Merkley Responds To Fiscal Cliff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. Senator from Oregon is saying he voted for the Fiscal Cliff deal, but that does not mean he’s in full support of it.

In a released statement, Senator Jeff Merkley said he voted for the deal because failing to pass it would have been a disaster for so many working families in Oregon.

He said the good news is that the Fiscal Cliff deal makes sure unmployement insurance continues and that income taxes will not go up for 98% of American families and 97% of small businesses, but goes on to say:

“Rather than resolving our fiscal crisis, this agreement simply delays tough decisions, setting our nation up for more political brinksmanship, and there will be those who will take advantage of these fiscal challenges to continue their attacks on social security and medicare.”