Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, D-Hamburg, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass legislation to avoid going over ‘‘the fiscal cliff.’’ Hochul voted in favor of the legislation.
“Like most Western New Yorkers, I was frustrated and disappointed by the inability of Congress to reach a bipartisan agreement before the December 31st deadline. Only in Washington would political leaders use the security of our families and the strength of our economy as a bargaining chip to score political points.
‘‘For more than a year, I have called for a bipartisan compromise that would extend the Bush tax cuts for individuals making up to $500,000. The package before Congress tonight is a significant step in that direction. More importantly, it represents the type of compromise necessary to protect Western New York families and businesses, avoid a recession, and move our country forward.
‘‘I supported this package not because it was perfect, but because it represents the best option for our country at this time.”