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No: How local U.S. Reps voted on 'fiscal cliff'

Saxby Chambliss, (R) Ga. U.S. Senator voted Yes on American Taxpayer Relief Act.

Johnny Isakson, (R) Ga. U.S. Senator voted Yes on American Taxpayer Relief Act.

Tom Price, (R) U.S. Representative for Georgia's 6th congressional district voted No on American Taxpayer Relief Act.

Rob Woodall, (R) U.S. Representative for Georgia's 7th congressional district voted No on American Taxpayer Relief Act.

Tom Graves, (R) U.S. Representative for Georgia's 9th congressional district voted No on American Taxpayer Relief Act.
January 02, 2013
The final deal may not make either political party happy, but the financial conundrum the country faced passed before the Jan. 1 deadline.

While U.S. Georgia senators voted to support a resolve to the "fiscal cliff" debacle, Georgia's U.S. House Republicans who represent North Fulton and Forsyth County voted to reject the measure.

U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss both voted in support of the 89-8 New Year's vote to avert the financial crisis.

But Ga. House Republicans were unanimously against the American Taxpayer Relief Act that passed 257-167.

The bill aims to boosts the top 35 percent income tax rate to nearly 40 percent for incomes exceeding $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples, while continuing Bush-era income tax breaks for everyone else.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the current plan includes $330.3 billion in new spending during the next ten years, and it will increase the deficit by $3.9 trillion in that time period despite raising taxes on 77.1 percent of U.S. households.

Republicans in District 6 U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Roswell, District 7 U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville and District 9 U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Gainesville all voted against the bill.

"The Senate bill offers no commitment to debt reduction, only a demand from taxpayers to bailout Washington," Graves said. "As taxes rise, freedom diminishes. Without any spending reforms, the debt crisis continues. I cannot support a bill that protects Washington and promotes bigger government at the expense of my constituents and future generations."

Woodall said that spending is the problem in Washington.

"This bill, which chooses to spend even more rather than save even a penny less, does not meet the 'step forward' test."

Isakson, although he voted for the bill, said the 11th-hour negotiation was no way to run a country.

"I voted for this agreement because it protects 99 percent of Americans from a tax increase," Isakson said. "[It] permanently protects tens of thousands of farmers and family businesses from having to pay the estate tax upon the death of a loved one, and permanently fixes the alternative minimum tax to protect some 30 million households a year from having to pay it."

Isakson said he was also pleased that the agreement reinstated the pay freeze for members of Congress.

Chambliss, who also voted to avert the "cliff," said his vote was more of a compromise on the tax provisions.

"This deal is far from what this country needs," Chambliss said, "but I cannot in good conscience allow taxes to be raised on all Americans and send our economy into turmoil."

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    Cliff bill
    January 02, 2013 | 05:20 PM

    Senators Isakson and Chambliss are to be commended for making the hard decision to support the bill even though assuredly they did not believe it to be adequate or the ideal choice. Instead they chose not play partisian politics and throw the public under the truck. They took the high road instead.

    Ray Appen
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    Cliff Bill
    January 02, 2013 | 06:26 PM

    I fail to see how raising taxes with NO SPENDING CUTS is the "high road". I think the Senate owns us a budget. I support the house, who has tried to fix the problem.

    Mark Rhoney
    Johns Creek
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    Fiscal Woes
    January 03, 2013 | 12:13 PM

    The USA is in dire straits with oppressive debt and ruthless governship. What will history books reveal to our children and grandchildren?

    Talbot Hetlinger
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    Who got played
    January 05, 2013 | 07:37 PM

    The objective at one time was to work to reduce the national debt. The outcome of the "deal" is to increase the national debt by $3.9 trillion more in the next ten years. Who got played?

    An observer
    Johns Creek
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    No: How local U.S. Reps voted on 'fiscal cliff'
    January 08, 2013 | 05:26 PM

    Funding for the invasion of Iraq was never considered and increases for the Department of Defense are not a problem. But programs for U.S. citizens are issues the Republicans never support. Little wonder those priorities have not been rewarded in recent elections.

    Peter S. Morgan, Jr.
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    January 13, 2013 | 09:09 PM

    "Funding for the invasion of Iraq was never considered and increases for the Department of Defense are not a problem. But programs for U.S. citizens are issues the Republicans never support. "

    The total amount of money spent in Iraq since 2003 through 2012 has been roughly the equivalent of the amount we "spent" on that "stimulus" bill passed in 2009 that Democrats like Biden said had to be passed to keep unemployment from going above 8% and in the case of Obama's statements, was needed to create "millions" of "shovel ready" and "green energy" jobs. We saw how well that materialized with the likes of bankrupt Solyndra and shovel ready jobs that never materialized. How's that for spending on programs for US citizens there, ace???

    But empty promises that never produced results and failed "social" policies that never lived up to the hype are left wing Democrat liberal debris trails. So go figure why Republicans and a lot of Americans (specifically the 49% that didn't vote for Obama) want to get wasted domestic spending under control.

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