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Gibson would have voted yes on Plan B

By Lombardo David
Friday, December 21, 2012

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, would have voted for a compromise plan that would have helped avoid the fiscal cliff, but wasn't put up for a vote.

On Thursday night, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, chose not to advance his tax compromise, Plan B. The plan included some tax increases for the wealthy and a lot of spending cuts. It never came up for a vote because members of his conference balked at the idea.

Gibson said in a statement that the plan wasn't ideal, as he favors a grand compromise that addresses long-term spending and taxing issues. "I would have voted ‘yes’ on this bill to protect as many of my constituents as possible from tax rate increases," he said. "This specific bill permanently prevents a tax rate increase on families, individuals, and small businesses who make below $1 million."

"Plan B was a proposal to address expiring tax provisions. We have 10 days to prevent a tax increase from affecting my constituents and every American worker – resulting in less “take home” income and hurting the ability of businesses to grow," Gibson said.

As to whether he would support a plan that required Democrats for passage, Gibson spokeswoman Stephanie Valle stressed that her boss' top priority is always his constituents and "not partisan politics."

"For anything to get done, it has to be a bipartisan approach and he’ll be evaluating any bipartisan proposal on how it would impact his constituents," Valle added.

If he had his druthers, Gibson would like to see the passage of the Cooper-LaTourette budget, which he voted for in the spring. He describes this budget as pro-growth, with sustainable spending levels and an appropriate tax policy.

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