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Lummis Votes Against Fiscal Cliff Measure

Representative Cynthia Lummis, photo from Flickr via Gage Skidmore
(Photo: Gage Skidmore, flickr.com)

Wyoming’s lone representative to the U.S. House of Representatives voted against measures to avoid, what has become known as, the “fiscal cliff.”  This according to a report published by the Associated Press listing Lummis as a no vote during a roll call Tuesday.

Despite Lummis’ vote, the agreement that avoided the fiscal cliff of middle-class tax increases and spending cuts and sent the measure to President Barack Obama passed 257-167 in the roll call.

Congress’ approval of the compromise hands President Barack Obama most of the tax boosts on the rich that he campaigned on. It also prevents House Republicans from facing blame for blocking tax cuts for most American households, though most GOP lawmakers parted ways with Speaker John Boehner and opposed the measure.

Passage also lays the groundwork for future battles between the two sides over federal spending and debt.

The GOP-run House voted final approval for the measure late Tuesday by 257-167. That came after the Democratic-led Senate used a pre-dawn 89-8 roll call to assent to the bill, belying the partisan brinkmanship that colored much of the path to the final deal.

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