Last night, The House of Representatives passed the Senate Bill to avoid the “Fiscal Cliff”. The Cliff, as you might have heard by now, were the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts, massive defense cuts through sequestration, and several other cuts and tax hikes that would have had potentially devastating effects on the economy.
The deal reached allowed the tax cuts to expire on those making less than $400,000 to $450,000 (depending on classification), put a 2 month delay on sequestration, and held up other supports dealing with Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), and green energy initiatives.
The majority of Central Florida Congressional delegation voted “No” on the deal.
Representatives Sandy Adams, John Mica, Bill Posey, Daniel Webster, and Rich Nugent out in Tampa turned down the compromise brokered by Vice-President Joe Biden and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnel.
Corrine Brown, the lone Democrat House Rep in Central Florida voted “Yes”.
These results should be no surprise to most politicos in the region. Mica, Webster, and Nugent vote with House GOP most of the time. Adams, the Freshman House Rep, who is a lame duck after losing her intense primary to Mica, ended her term in Washington in line with the party. Many believe she would be the frontrunner, should Mica retire.
In an interesting twist, Rep. Paul Ryan, who was the GOP VP nominee last year, voted “Yes” on the measure. Ryan is a favorite of Daniel Webster’s and his nod in favor of the plan was largely unexpected.
Voting “Yes” on the deal, which the White House considers a victory, might have spawned Tea Party primary opposition for these lawmakers. This was on the minds of many GOP members of Congress as they voted.
On Monday night, Senator Bill Nelson voted “Yes”, while Senator Marco Rubio voted “No”, and was just one of 8 Senators (3 Dems also turned down the deal) that rejected the plan. In doing so, he might have scored some early points in the 2016 GOP Presidential primary, which he is an early favorite in. More on this here.
The bill now goes to President Obama for signature in a couple of days. He resumed his vacation in Hawaii after addressing the nation last night after the deal passed the house.
The majority of House Reps in the region voted no on the Fiscal Cliff deal