Shelby, Sessions split votes on fiscal cliff deal; House votes next


Alabama’s Republican senators split their votes on the fiscal cliff deal that passed the Senate early this morning and now goes to the House.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa., was one of only eight senators to vote no.

“Our economy needs spending restraint by the federal government and fundamental tax reform that eliminates corporate welfare and lowers individuals’ rates. Instead, this package raises taxes, increases spending, and will lead to more borrowing,” Shelby said in a prepared statement after the 12:30 a.m. central vote. “This deal is certainly no cure-all; rather, it falls far short of the measures necessary to promote job creation, economic growth, and fiscal stability.”

Five Republicans and three Democratic senators voted no.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, was among the 89 who voted yes.

“This legislation is necessary to prevent a large and painful tax increase from falling on the vast majority of Americans. Its enactment will end a long period of uncertainty that would weaken or even reverse economic growth,” Sessions said in a prepared statement. “Now, it is important that we place our focus directly on the real cause of our nation’s looming debt crisis: the continued surge in spending.”

– By Mary Orndorff Troyan

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