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Key Vote

The Fiscal Cliff Aftermath: How They Voted

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
D.G.'s picture
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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