Fiscal Cliff: How Congress Voted

The U.S. House went along with a Senate plan Tuesday to address expiring Bush-era tax cuts while delaying spending cuts.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted late Tuesday night 257-167 to endorse a Senate vote early Tuesday morning on a bill to avert the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", as tax cuts passed when George W. Bush was President expired January 1, in addition to automatic spending cuts which were delayed.

A complete list of the yeas and nays can be found on the website for the House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. David Curson (D-Belleville), who represents Northville and Novi in Michigan's 11th Congressional District, voted for the bill.

The Senate legislation passed early Tuesday 89-8.

Curson is filling the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's (R-Livonia) term after winning a Nov. 6 special election. U.S. Rep.-elect Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) will be sworn into office Thursday, succeeding Curson as representative for Michigan's 11th Congressional District. 

Curson on Tuesday weighed in on the legislation through his Facebook page:

"At least for tonight, Congress came together and avoided disaster. It’s far from a perfect bill and there is still much to be done. But tonight, 98 percent of Americans can go to bed with a permanent tax cut. Twenty million kids will get a hot meal tomorrow. Two million Americans will not be cut off from desperately needed unemployment benefits. And many other Americans can rest with the benefits of this bill. 

"Congratulations to all of Michigan’s delegation for voting for this bill, except Justin Amash, Bill Huizenga and Tim Walberg who put their politics before the people of Michigan. Shame on them."

Herb Helzer January 03, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Since Reps. Justin Amash, Bill Huizenga and Tim Walberg -- all Tea Partiers elected in 2010 (Walberg returning after a two-year absence) -- voted No, you can be sure that Kerry Bentivolio would have been the fourth Michigan Mouseketeer willing to see us plunge over the "cliff." So very glad he didn't get the chance. THANK YOU, Rep. Curson!


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