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Roll Call for First Coast lawmakers on voting on fiscal cliff deal

6:59 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Now that a fiscal cliff deal has been reached, we wanted to see where First Coast lawmakers came down on the vote.

In the House, Congressmen Sanford D. Bishop (D-Ga.) and Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Congressmen Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), John Mica (R-Fla.) and Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) all voted in favor of the deal.

In the Senate, Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and John Isakson (R-Ga.) all voted for the deal, while Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) voted against it.

Senator Rubio's vote is also making headlines because he and the other top GOP White House candidate, Paul Ryan, came down on opposite sides of the fiscal cliff battle.

In a statement, Rubio said his main complaint with the deal was raising taxes on those making more than $400,000 dollars and couples making more than $450,000. He said thousands of small businesses also file under the individual tax code and they will be forced to decide how they'll pay the new tax.

Rubio said they will "do it by firing employees, cutting back their hours and benefits, or postponing the new hire they were looking to make."

Representative Ryan said his vote was a pragmatic move to "protect as many Americans as possible from a tax increase."

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