AAOS Now, Februrary 2013
Last-Minute Deal Averts Fiscal Cliff
On Jan. 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8) into law to avert the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ facing the nation as a result of the expiration of the 2010 Tax Relief Act and the enactment of the 2011 Budget Control Act. The President signed the bill after Congress reached an 11th-hour deal late on New Year’s Eve and quickly passed the legislation through both chambers.
Taking Aim at Youth Gun Violence
In 2012, shooting tragedies in smaller towns such as Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., raised the profile of efforts to curb gun violence in the United States. Media attention focused on the number of dead in each incident, resulting from a single shooter using a semiautomatic assault weapon with a large capacity magazine. But such events are rare and account for only a small fraction of total firearm-related deaths and injuries in the United States.