The 113th Congress was sworn into office on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. John Dingell's name has been synonymous with Downriver for decades. In 2003, however, because of redistricting, a section of Downriver — including Wyandotte — was removed from Dingell's district. And now, due to redistricting again, Wyandotte is back in Dingell's newly redrawn 12th Congressional District. After being sworn into office Thursday, Dingell released this written statement: According to Christopher Schuler, Dingell's communications director, the congressman formerly represented Wyandotte from 1965 through the end of 2002.
Dingell supported a Senate plan Tuesday to address expiring Bush-era tax cuts while delaying spending cuts.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted late Tuesday night 257-167 to endorse a Senate vote early Tuesday morning on a bill to avert the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", as tax cuts passed when George W. Bush was President expired January 1, in addition to automatic spending cuts which were delayed. The Senate legislation passed early Tuesday 89-8. The legislation was still awaiting President Barack Obama's signature on Wednesday afternoon. The legislation continues tax cuts for individuals making less than $400,000 and couples making less than $450,000. It also raised rates for those who make more than that by 4.6 percent. A complete list of the yeas and nays can be found on the website for the House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. John Dingell, …