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Political Chat: Back From The Abyss

The arrival of the New Year was hardly a cause for celebration on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers peered over the “Fiscal Cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts.  They pulled back from the abyss with a late compromise.

Only 16 Democrats voted against it, three of them from Oregon.  

Fifth district Democrat Kurt Schrader said on OPB’s “Think Out Loud” he didn’t vote for the plan because it doesn’t do anything to stabilize Social Security or Medicare. And he called the bill a short-term fix.

 “We’re going to be facing the same thing two months from now and people back home are going to be wondering, ‘Well I thought this was all done in January. I thought you guys all took care of that.’ Well the answer is, no we did not.”

In Portland, new mayor Charlie Hales took care of some important business: taking the oath of office.

It’s the first political chat of 2013, and we welcome back our political guys.  Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst.  Jeff Mapes in the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.

To hear the chat, click the audio file above.

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