Congress OKs cliff deal, signaling future fights
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress’ excruciating, extraordinary New Year’s Day approval of a compromise averting a prolonged tumble off the fiscal cliff 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.
Capping a holiday season political spectacle that featured enough high and low notes for a Broadway musical, the GOP-run House voted final approval for the measure by 257-167 late Tuesday. That came after the Democratic-led Senate used a wee-hours 89-8 roll call to assent to the bill, belying the partisan brinkmanship that colored much of the path to the final deal.
“A central promise of my campaign for president was to change the tax code that was too skewed towards the wealthy at the expense of working middle-class Americans,” Obama said at the White House before flying to Hawaii to resume his holiday break. “Tonight we’ve done that.” SOURCE
Congress OKs cliff deal, signaling future fights? Seriously?
The GOP members of Congress fell in with the Dems on this cliff deal, signaling future instances of rolling over and taking it as they surrender any semblance of Conservatism in their rush to RINOism.
I expected my Senators, John Cornyn (RINO) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (RINO) to go for this deal dangled by Obama and Harry Reid. Thank God Hutchison is retiring in a few days, to be replaced by newly elected Ted Cruz, a man that claims Conservatism.
The proof shall be in the pudding as they say. If Ted Cruz is a Conservative he can be worked with, to the point that if Cornyn has finally angered enough people, Cruz could become the Senior Senator from Texas in his 1st term!
Now, back to the House of Representatives and their vote;
Most of the Congressmen in my part of Texas are Conservatives and voted against this Obama bamboozle, Joe Barton, Kenny Marchant, Jeb Hensarling, Ralph Hall and Louie Gomert all voted NAY, as well they should! These gents are Representatives from this area of Texas and are fine, upstanding Congressmen.
Mr. Sam Johnson has been my Congressman for a very long time, and even though Mr. Sam isn’t the best at communicating with his constituents, Mr. Sam is a Conservative, about as Conservative as they come, and he too voted against the Obama foolishness.
Sadly, we’re about to lose Mr. Sam Johnson to redistricting and it truly IS a loss. He is being replaced by Pete Sessions, a gentleman that reminds me of the *slick* used car dealers that lined Dyer Street in El Paso as they tried to bilk the Soldiers at Ft. Bliss.
Sessions talks a good game, but I am afraid it’s all talk; Pete Sessions fell in with the Dems and RINOs and voted FOR this debacle and LIE from Obama and Reid.
If you don’t know what your Congressional Representative did last night, you can see the results here: Final Vote Results for Roll Call 659.
Mr. Sessions, if YOU or your staff are reading this, be aware, I will be doing everything in my power to find a Conservative candidate to run against you in the next election.
My local readership is huge, and the power of the pen is mighty, and I am NOT at all of the opinion that Messrs Johnson, Barton, Marchant, Hensarling, Hall and Gomert took “the easy way out.”
That is exactly what I was told by Mr. Sessions, they “took the easy way out.”
I also have to say this, the 1st time I met Pete Sessions was at a political breakfast and I asked some seriously HARD questions, sane questions but the questions that no one else was asking and when the meeting was over Mr. Sessions looks at me and says privately, “You sure do expect a lot…”
Yes, I do…