US Senate Passes Fiscal Cliff Plan With Tax Hikes and No Cuts in Spending

The US Senate passed a fiscal cliff plan 89-8 with tax hikes and no cuts in spending.
The Nay votes included:

Bennet (D-CO)
Carper (D-DE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Rubio (R-FL)
Shelby (R-AL)

The Ticket reported:

With 2013 just over two hours old, the Senate voted 89-8 on Tuesday to approve a last-minute deal to avert income tax hikes on all but the richest Americans and stall painful spending cuts as part of a hard-fought compromise to avoid the economically toxic “fiscal cliff.”

The country had already technically tumbled over the cliff by the time the gavel came down on the vote at 2:07 a.m.. The House of Representatives was not due to return to work to take up the measure until midday on Tuesday. But with financial markets closed for New Year’s Day, quick action by lawmakers would likely limit the economic damage.

The lopsided margin belied anxiety on both sides about the deal, which emerged from barely two days of talks between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Among the “no” votes: Republican Senator Marco Rubio, widely thought to have his eye on the 2016 presidential race.

In remarks just before the vote, McConnell repeatedly called the agreement “imperfect” but said it beat allowing income tax rates rise across the board.

“I know I can speak for my entire conference when I say we don’t think taxes should be going up on anyone, but we all knew that if we did nothing they’d be going up on everyone today,” he said. “We weren’t going to let that happen.”

“Our most important priority was to protect middle-class families. This legislation does that,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. But Reid cautioned that “passing this agreement does not mean negotiations halt. Far from it.”

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  • Hank

    Thanks Mitch. $1 of spending cuts, $41 of tax increases. You worthless old fool.


    We are all late for the Tea Party says the White Hare to Alice.

    We all knew that this would be the outcome. We hoped it would be different, but we knew in our hearts.

    It is time for our thoughts to come to some hard conclusions. What is freedom worth to you?

    This is a tip of the proverbial iceberg, and instead of being in the Titanic we are in a row boat.

  • Whiskers54

    When are you Republicans going to get it? You are no different than the Democrats! Change the R to a D.

    To those that voted no……. thanks! At least you get it.

  • Bitter Clinger

    They caved BIG TIME. Throw the bast…ds out! They do NOT represent us. There are no statesmen in D. C. Only politicians most of whom are corrupt to the bone. It’s disgusting!

  • ★FALCON★

    Republican Senator Marco Rubio, widely thought to have his eye on the 2016 presidential race.

    Rubio isn’t a Natural Born citizen and he’s only one step over an anchor baby. Good going GOP – useless as always.

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  • ClinkinKY

    Yeah baby, we’re on the road to fiscal recovery…/s. I will do everything in my power to see that Mitch McConnell is defeated in the next election…(Yes, I live in KY. At least I have Rand Paul as my other Senator).

  • johnt

    Yes of course Senator Reid, protect middle class families by supporting a deal that will baloon deficits even more then now. It is very possible still that we will still see an increase in taxes on the middle class, why not, that’s where the real money is.
    And of course, then there’s Chinless Mitch, a study in what happens to a man who worries to much about an utterly ignorant and depraved media.
    And last, who else but Obama, the vicious, stupid, destructive America hating man[?] who must be ecstatic at the moment. And the little beast is only getting started !!

  • SeaBass

    The house could stop this by demanding 56 to 1 ratio. At this rate 65% or more will demend on dear leader for housing, food and healthcare in 2016.

  • Ray

    Mitch McConnell is to negotiating what Les Miles is to clock management.

  • Gravelyvoice Jim

    I’m curious – is anyone still counting on this band of REPUBLICAN bandits to to faithfully defend our Second Amendment rights against Feinstein and Co. later this year?

  • Bob


    What else can you expect from Harry Reid, the election thief. Without cutting spending (i.e. the loot of the treasury by his cronies), the thug will keep the country perpetually in debt.

    Massive inflation is around the corner in this 3rd world country flooded by aliens by Harry “the mother-seller” Reid.

    There is no doubt that he stole the election. Besides voter intimidation as reported, Democrats have programs installed in the voting machines that they can trigger to change votes to Democrats.

    The electronic voting machines are a joke. Anybody with control of the machines can change votes however they like. Simply replacing the memory stick is another trick the Democrats can use.

    Since the democrats control the voting process in most states, including Nevada and they have a long history of stealing elections, I can see how they changed the votes to help Democrat “Reid the Thief” win.

    His election must be overturned. He is a traitor, a destructionist and a disgrace to this nation. He is the face of evil.

  • SeaBass

    LOL RAY, small difference with Les, he IS trying to win. Mitch is working for dear leader’s happiness. Would Les call the Bama coaches at half to see what plays he can run?

  • Gravelyvoice Jim

    And for their next trick – the Republicans will actually claim to have voted for a TAX CUT since technically the vote came after midnight and they went off the cliff; the tax hikes had already kicked in…

  • squeaky

    [The bill raised taxes by over $600 billion, in addition to Obamacare taxes already coming on line, yet the Senators can claim it was a massive tax cut because the vote took place after midnight, so technically the Bush tax cuts already had expired.]

  • David

    Hang on everyone. There was no deal on the debt ceiling, does this not make it a good deal for the republicans? What am I missing?

  • cavt

    GOP is worthless–that is already a given. So let’s see–we have a commission do their thing, a super committee do theirs and a fiscal cliff –all in the name of controlling our govt spending and tackling the deficit. And, what do we get(maybe), a group of tax increases that do little and virtually no cuts to spending. Good job—–

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  • Sam Stone

    Hank, McConnell knew it would never pass the House. This is pure political shenanigans for leverage and the only thing at risk is the UIS economy.
    BOTH parties are working against what is best for the people.

    “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ”

    Sound familiar?

  • SeaBass

    David at what time in the last 4 years have the GOP stood up to dear leader? They have let this man run the entire country without any checks. A president can not by law write the budget, he can not spend without congress. But wait, I’m sure you are right, they will stand up now only to ask how much more do you need dear leader. Mitch and the boys will make sure he doesn’t forget the additional funding for the ATF.

  • Sam Stone

    #16 David, it is political maneuvering. The debt ceiling issue SHOULD be the Waterloo for the GOP establishment. The line in the sand. With eh new congress seated.

    The Senate making PERMANENT 98% of the BUSH tax cuts of 2001 1nd 2003 is a huge WIN for the GOP. HUGE!

    98% of the Bush tax cuts that the left has, since passage, BLAMED for the economy have been made permanent. HUGE! Go back in time and read what the effect the left said the Bush tax cuts caused. The Democrat controlled progressive Senators voted to KEEP what CAUSED the economy to tank.


  • SeaBass

    Sam the problem with our Waterloo, as Napoleon marched valley, he faced MEN. Is Mitch and the boys the men we need? Do you want these “men” at the front? They have the white flag on the pole waiting for dear leader, you know, for the good of the country

  • David

    I think the republicans are clowns and should all be fired but I think this is a good result. You will see even real tea party people will vote for this passage

  • Sam Stone

    Seabass, some in the party must take the lead. I must keep faith in those elected in 2010 and 2012 to change the face of the GOP. Until they fold I will keep some faith.

    I say the Senate vote is a huge win for the GOP.

  • SeaBass

    God bless your faith Sam. I see the clock ticking. Dear leader in 4 years made half of this great country dependents of the govt. Every day he adds thousands to the rolls. In 2016 at this pace, 65% will be dependents. Can we win?

  • bear

    @21, sam,

    You have it mostly right, but forgot two extremely important issues: 1. The senate agreement still raises taxes on the job creators. Foolishness. 2. Spending continues to increase dramatically. The rinos will certainly cave on the debt ceiling because they have already agreed to the increased spending. Boehner has also demoted most of the conservative leaders in the house. His intention to continue the rino alliance with the socialists is clear.

  • Mad Hatter

    Not only should Boehner be Primaried out, but so should McConnell. These two have been part of the D.C. Establishment for far too long.

    Thanks to those Republicans that stood their ground against Government Tax Gauging.

  • Vicky Hernandez

    God, Give Us Men!
    GOD, give us men!
    A time like this demands
    Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
    Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
    Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
    Men who possess opinions and a will;
    Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
    Men who can stand before a demagogue
    And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
    Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
    In public duty, and in private thinking;
    For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
    Their large professions and their little deeds,
    Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
    Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.

    —Josaiah Gilbert Holland

  • cavt

    Sam and Seabass–GOP needs warriors. Rand looks to be one, maybe Rubio, maybe Cruz–DeMint is gone–maybe Scott. The get-along McConnells won’t cut it in the war we are now in–they will be chewed up and spit out by Obamaites who have no rules(read: Constitution.) Boehner, for reasons known only to him, is trying to negate any potential GOP warriors in the House. We are in a war(and you try to win wars, not comprimise them) and until the GOP understands that it will become more and more irrelevant. I live in Ca and have watched it happen here with our get-along repubs who are now long gone.

  • Gravelyvoice Jim

    Sam, unfortunately (but not unexpectedly) they HAVE folded. See the tax credits in sections 3XX, 4XX, and 5XX of the bill. This is a dressed up version of the first Obama stimulus bill.

    Taxes on some go up.
    Stimulus funding still approved.
    Virtually no spending cuts.

    Yeah, I’d call that a “win” for the Republicans. 😉

  • mg4us

    Operation Clean Flush in 2014. . Vote out ALL RINOs and Dem0cRATs

    Need REAL Americans in Government. . not stealing from future generations

    Thiefs ALL of them. .and failure to fulfill their OATH of Office.

  • Sam Stone

    In the game of politics, a win for 98% of your tax program is a win. It is not a win since it will not pass the House. I still see it as a win. Obama said the GOP gave up on their no tax rate promise but the Dems gave up on 98% of Bush tax cuts.

    Again, I stress, if the GOP does not frame this as the Dem Senators vote to continue the same tax policy they have for a decade blamed for the economic meltdown, they lose.

  • Gravelyvoice Jim

    Sam, you seem to forget that this whole “fiscal cliff” idea was originally brought about to force SPENDING cuts. This country has a SPENDING problem and nothing here addressed SPENDING.

    The entire argument over taxes is irrelevant unless and until we get our SPENDING under control.

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  • Ghost

    This All happened because of the Senate losses. They had 23 Ds up against only 10 Rs and they GAINED! seats. howinhell did that happen?
    what changed from 2010?

    Wisconsin elected a lesbo wacko commie after all that happened there last year.
    Indiana elected a Dem despite voting for Romney, and Pence for Governor. Huh?!
    Scott Brown appeased The Left and lost to a Real Marxist.
    George Allen defeated a Tea Party Champion in the primary with only 5% voter participation! then lost to MaoBama’s good buddy in Virginia.
    On and on and on, like dominoes it went… FL, MO, PA, OH
    and even North Dakota- sheez!

    I ask you, since NOBODY! is talking about that slaughter-
    howinthehell did THAT happen?!

    Are you still waiting to make your stand when they come for your guns? Hey Buddy, when that happens it will be your signal that it’s TOO LATE!

    these are the baby steps that lead to the “Radical Transformation”
    – what’s coming?
    1) dollar crash
    2) economic collapse, then
    (all of) 1st Amendment restrictions
    genuine energy crisis
    travel restrictions
    food shortages
    riots, chaos
    societal breakdown
    martial law, police state super-surveillance

    O Hey! just trash the entire Constitution,
    and who needs a legislature and judiciary anyway?

    ‘privileges’ tied to gun surrender
    (they’ll force you into impossible decisions)
    foreign enemy attacks, including on Israel, Taiwan, South Korea,
    and who else?
    United Nations involvement and foreign troops on American soil
    re-education camps, elimination of the ‘incorrigible’

    Ha! Ha! just kidding. “It Can’t Happen Here” (Sinclair Lewis 1935) it was the ‘basis’ for the 1980’s television series “V”.
    y’know, all those 1950s-era predictions from wild-eyed Right-Wing extremist radicals were so-o wrong, just alotta Cold War hysteria, that’s all.

    DIVORCE now, while we still can
    sooner or later you’ll agree, but don’t wait ’til it’s too late

  • Sam Stone

    #33, re: spending cliff etc. I know all that. Given the way about a dozen of the 536 elected officials have been running government, a collapse of the bicameral system of conference committees and floor votes etc, this is all that Reid would even allow for a vote. When you get a vote on the floor from Reid take it.

    You can’t get around the facts of the vote. The Democrats voted to make permanent the same Bush tax cuts they fought against for 6 years and many blame for the economic crisis we are in. That is huge.

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