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.