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Clay, Shimkus Divided on ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

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WASHINGTON (KMOX) — A collective sigh of relief from both sides of the aisle after an agreement was reached late Tuesday night to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff.

(Read More: CBS: “Fiscal Cliff” Averted after Deal Clears House)

Predictably, the deal approved by Congress wasn’t completely satisfying to many lawmakers, even those who voted in favor of it.

St. Louis Democrat Lacy Clay said that as a progressive Democrat, parts of the bill still disappoint him.

But he added that “on balance it is an adult agreement that makes middle class tax cuts permanent, extends emergency unemployment benefits and protects job growth in emerging technologies”.

Meanwhile, Republican John Shimkus of Collinsville said it was important to him that the agreed-upon package will make Bush tax cuts permanent for low-income Americans.

He said there’s still much to debate when it comes to more spending cuts, especially since the agreement doesn’t raise the debt ceiling that President Obama had been seeking.

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