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January 01, 2013

Senate Tax Bill Passes House

257-167, 172 Dems and 85 Republicans voting yes, 151 Republicians and 16 Democrats voting no.

Here's the roll call of votes.

Big votes: Boehner vote yes as a sign of solidarity with the team. Cantor and GOP Whip McCarthy voted no but only after the bill had enough yes votes.

Voting yes....Paul Ryan. He'll undoubtedly say he was voting to keep 98% of the tax cuts but Rubio was a no in the Senate. If the GOP can't deliver big on spending cuts, a yes vote is going to look pretty bad in a few years.

Tomorrow lots of GOP apologists will tell you how great and/or necessary this vote was. Keep in mind two Republicans spoke in favor of the bill during debate...Dave Camp, Chair of Ways and Means and Ed Royce.

No Boehner, Cantor or McCarthy.

The GOP turned control of the House over to Nancy Pelosi tonight and hid.



Obama now speaking. Says we need more spending and taxes. He won't negotiate over debt ceiling. Balance, blah, blah, blah.

When the Team Happy GOP starts telling you how great this is, remember Obama got $600 billion in taxes for free but they want you to believe in two months the GOP will get a trillion plus in cuts for no additional taxes. This is a fairy tale.

And while not getting a tax hike is good personally for a lot of people, shielding 98% of Americans from the fiscal reality of their big government votes is going to kill the country.

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