(Washington, D.C.) - A measure to head off consequences of the fiscal cliff now has both Senate and House approval.
Under terms of the agreement, Bush-era tax cuts for individuals making less than $400,000 a year and couples making $450,000 will be extended, while the wealthiest Americans will see their taxes go up.
The final House vote was 257-167. How did your congressman vote on the cliff deal?
Indiana 6th district Congressman and governor-elect Mike Pence voted against it, saying the nation must be willing to make hard choices to restore fiscal solvency.
“I am opposed to the Senate legislation dealing with the so-called 'fiscal cliff,' because it fails to make needed spending cuts while increasing taxes on small business owners,” Pence said prior to Tuesday’s vote. “Washington, D.C. does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. I cannot support more taxes, more spending and one more illusory promise of spending reforms in the future.”
Joining Pence in voting “nay” were fellow Indiana delegates Pete Visclosky (IN-1), Marlin Stutzman (IN-3), Todd Rokita (IN-4), Larry Bucshon (IN-8), and Todd Young (IN-9).
Voting for the approved bill were Democrat congressmen Joe Donnelly (IN-2) and Andre Carson (IN-7). Fifth District Congressman Dan Burton did not cast a vote.
Kentucky 4th District Congressman Thomas Massie and Steve Chabot from Ohio’s 1st District also voted against the deal.
The measure now heads to President Obama's desk for his signature.