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Key Vote

    The Fiscal Cliff Aftermath: How They Voted

    01/02/2013

    After weeks of backroom deals and fruitless negotiations with the White House and the Democrat-controlled Senate, the House and Senate passed a bill to supposedly avert the dreaded "fiscal cliff". The bill, H.R. 8, was titled "the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012".

    FreedomWorks has been offering a simple solution to the fiscal cliff - keep the promised spending cuts and extend the lower tax rates for everyone.  Instead, the deal Congress and President Obama produced increases taxes on the very individuals and businesses who create the economic growth we so desperately need.  Worse, the deal kicks the spending cuts promised last year down the road, and actually increases federal spending through corporate welfare in the tax code.

    FreedomWorks' President and CEO, Matt Kibbe, put it succinctly: this bill is an epic fail.

    Because of this, FreedomWorks opposed H.R. 8 and is scoring NO votes in both the House and Senate as Key Votes in determining our 2012 FreedomFighter Awards.  You can read the House Key Vote notice HERE and the Senate notice HERE.

    The Senate voted first, and sadly only 8 Senators voted against it, 5 Republicans (Grassley, Lee, Paul, Rubio, Shelby) and 3 Democrats (Bennett, Carper, Harkin).  You can see the actual roll call vote HERE.

    The bill then went to the House, where 167 Representatives voted against it, 16 Democrats and 151 Republicans. However, 85 Republicans joined with a majority of the Democrats in the House to pass this unfortunate bill. You can view how your Representative voted HERE.

    The House Republicans who voted NO are:

    Adams

    Aderholt

    Akin

    Amash

    Amodei

    Austria

    Bachmann

    Bachus

    Bartlett

    Barton (TX)

    Berg

    Bilirakis

    Bishop (UT)

    Black

    Blackburn

    Bonner

    Boustany

    Brooks

    Broun (GA)

    Bucshon

    Burgess

    Campbell

    Canseco

    Cantor

    Capito

    Carter

    Cassidy

    Chabot

    Chaffetz

    Coffman (CO)

    Conaway

    Cravaack

    Crawford

    Culberson

    DesJarlais

    Duffy

    Duncan (SC)

    Duncan (TN)

    Ellmers

    Farenthold

    Fincher

    Flake

    Fleischmann

    Fleming

    Flores

    Forbes

    Foxx

    Franks (AZ)

    Gardner

    Garrett

    Gibbs

    Gingrey (GA)

    Gohmert

    Goodlatte

    Gosar

    Gowdy

    Granger

    Graves (GA)

    Griffin (AR)

    Griffith (VA)

    Guinta

    Guthrie

    Hall

    Harper

    Harris

    Hartzler

    Hensarling

    Huelskamp

    Huizenga (MI)

    Hultgren

    Hunter

    Hurt

    Issa

    Jenkins

    Johnson, Sam

    Jones

    Jordan

    King (IA)

    Kingston

    Labrador

    Lamborn

    Landry

    Lankford

    Latham

    Long

    Lummis

    Mack

    Marchant

    Massie

    McCarthy (CA)

    McCaul

    McClintock

    McHenry

    McKinley

    Mica

    Miller (FL)

    Mulvaney

    Myrick

    Neugebauer

    Nugent

    Nunes

    Nunnelee

    Olson

    Palazzo

    Paulsen

    Pearce

    Pence

    Petri

    Poe (TX)

    Pompeo

    Posey

    Price (GA)

    Quayle

    Rehberg

    Renacci

    Rigell

    Rivera

    Roby

    Roe (TN)

    Rogers (AL)

    Rohrabacher

    Rokita

    Rooney

    Roskam

    Ross (FL)

    Scalise

    Schilling

    Schmidt

    Schweikert

    Scott (SC)

    Scott, Austin

    Sensenbrenner

    Smith (NE)

    Southerland

    Stearns

    Stutzman

    Terry

    Tipton

    Turner (OH)

    Walberg

    Walsh (IL)

    Webster

    West

    Westmoreland

    Whitfield

    Wilson (SC)

    Wittman

    Wolf

    Woodall

    Yoder

    Young (IN)

    Be sure to let your Members of Congress know what you think of their votes, good or bad.  More than ever, it is important that you let them know that you will not tolerate a government whose solution to a fiscal crisis is to spend and tax more.

    Tomorrow, January 3rd, at 7 PM EST, FreedomWorks policy experts Dean Clancy, Easton Randall, and Julie Borowski will hold a live online panel discussion on how the fiscal cliff deal happened and what you can do to hold your lawmakers accountable.  You can watch their live broadcast, and ask them questions, HERE.

    1 comments
    Don Gibson
    01/02/2013

    This kicking of the can is good for Republicans. It let's them get out of the public dog house before the real fight starts for the next 60 days. Getting spending cuts will come down to calling Obama's bluff on "statutory spending trumping statutory debt limit". That means a Supreme court showdown with hours to go. It will take a lot of guts and good public standing for the GOP to go that far. This "cliff" resolving will enable the public support needed.

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