House Passes Fiscal Cliff Deal

The House has just passed the Senate version of the fiscal cliff deal.

Among those who voted yes: Speaker Boehner and Paul Ryan.  YAHOO reports:

Despite a divided Republican majority, the House of Representatives late Tuesday easily approved emergency bipartisan legislation sparing all but a sliver of America’s richest from sharp income tax hikes — while setting up another “fiscal cliff” confrontation in a matter of weeks.

Lawmakers voted 257-167 to send the compromise to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Eighty-five Republicans and 172 Democrats backed the bill, which had sailed through the Senate by a lopsided 89-8 margin shortly after 2 a.m. Opposition comprised 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner voted in favor of the deal, as did House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, his party’s failed vice presidential candidate. But Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy voted against it.

I’m happy to see Cantor stuck by his principles .  The stage is now set for the direction of the GOP.  One side will be on the offensive from now until the 2014 midterms while the other makes excuses for selling out the ones who voted them into office.

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