"It's January 1, we clearly haven't fallen into the ocean." Says, political expert Carol Weissert.
January 1st is the day the United States was supposed to fall off of the so-called fiscal cliff, meaning automatic tax increases and spending reductions.
But, the U.S. Senate has passed a provision that would prevent middle-class taxes from rising, and raise rates on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples.
Tallahassee resident Katrina Washington says she's done research in order to keep up with the fiscal cliff. She says, "I think it's only fair, just doing your share. I really do think it's fair. I need to read up more about the Medicaid and how it's going to effect the Medicaid."
No changes have been made as far as spending cuts. That has been postponed for two months. Residents say the latest developments are only a temporary solution.
Tallahassee resident Mike Baker says, "Temporary, we've heard a lot about that. Isn't that getting kind of old? Temporary this and temporary that. Why don't we just fix it permanently?"
Weissert says, "I think this is an opportunity for us to look at the Congress and wonder why it takes them so long to get things done. Why did they wait until the last minute to do this? I think in the election, a lot of people said, we're tired of this nonsense. maybe Congress didn't hear our message."
The House has not voted on the agreement, yet and the house speaker this evening said he opposes the deal passed by the Senate.