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Texas Pols Voted For Fiscal Cliff Aversion, Barely

Mostly, in favor. Begrudging favor.

Four Texas Republicans voted for the bill: U.S. Reps. Pete Sessions of Dallas, Kevin Brady of Conroe, Mac Thornberry of Wichita Falls and Lamar Smith of San Antonio. All Texas Democrats supported it.

Pete Sessions:

“I am pleased to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to make critical parts of our tax code permanent for all North Texans. As job-destroying taxes from ObamaCare hit families and businesses this year, it is crucial to provide permanent tax certainty in the marketplace to allow our economy to grow and for small businesses to invest and hire.

“This urgent action on the fiscal cliff tax provisions is simply the first battle, and we must now work to reduce government spending. The President’s out-of-control spending and our skyrocketing debt are unsustainable. I strongly urge Senate Democrats and the President to engage with House Republicans to create responsible spending reforms now to get our nation on a path towards fiscal solvency.”

Senator-elect Ted Cruz couldn’t vote, but would’ve voted against the bill. Via Facebook:

While I understand the merits of trying to prevent tax increases on as many Americans as possible, this legislation will increase taxes on millions of Americans, including small business owners, which hurts economic growth and jobs. Raising taxes on investors will reduce investment in America which hurts entrepreneurs and working people. It increases spending, extending unemployment even further.

John Cornyn:

I voted for this bill because it prevents a huge tax increase on 99% of all Texans and Americans. Nonetheless, I am dismayed at the lack of seriousness by the president on dealing with the core issues of our fiscal problems. Our spending is unsustainable and it is high time the president and his party engage in meaningful dialogue to get this county’s spending under control.

Kay Bailey Hutchison voted for the bill, casting her final vote as senator:

  • Alec Baldwin

    KBH needs to tell the teenager / college intern handling her Twitter account that US Senators do not need to be using multiple exclamation points as though they are in middle school.

  • MK36

    And already Cruz displays an ignorance of the topic (or shameless lying) that is going to haunt us throughout his term. This bill didn’t raise taxes on anyone. The tax increases were automatic (due to the time limits voted for by his party as well – that’s what created the fiscal cliff), this bill just didn’t prevent some of them.

  • AA14

    Uh, yes it does raise taxes. Incomes > $450,000.

  • BradfordPearson

    For clarity, it’s $450,000/couple or $400,000/single filer.

  • MK36

    Wrong. It doesn’t PREVENT taxes to go up for those tax brackets. The taxes would have gone up either way due to the Bush tax cuts expiring.