On Fiscal Cliff Vote, House GOP Leaders Split
Boehner, Paul Ryan voted aye, as Cantor, McCarthy rejected deal
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2013 3:10 AM CST
Speaker of the House John Boehner, center right, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, center left, walk down stairs to a Republican conference meeting to discuss the "fiscal cliff" bill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The bill to avoid the fiscal cliff ended up clearing the House with more than enough Republican votes, but the vote split GOP leaders. Speaker John Boehner cast his "yes" as soon as voting began, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and Chief Deputy Whip Pete Roskam saved their "no" votes until the measure already had enough votes to pass, the Hill reports. Some 151 Republicans voted against the deal, while 85 voted in favor.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan surprised his colleagues by voting aye. In a statement, he said his concerns over the consequences of inaction outweighed his opposition to parts of the bill. "The American people chose divided government. As elected officials, we have a duty to apply our principles to the realities of governing," he said. "But the question remains: Will the American people be better off if this law passes relative to the alternative? In the final analysis, the answer is undoubtedly yes. I came to Congress to make tough decisions—not to run away from them."

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EyesWideOpen
Jan 2, 2013 10:54 AM CST
Can someone answer a question for me? Are democrats concerned about the federal debt, and why do they seem to resist attempts to curb spending? This is a sincere question - I truly want to know so please don't call me names or insult me. I consider myself fairly informed and I try to look for news that is balanced (no fox or msnbc) but whenever I see these issues addressed all I usually hear is a long laundry list about how horrible George Bush was (no, I'm not a fan). Is the debt problem truly a partisan issue? What do dems think will happen if it's not addressed? I consider some of you pretty informed and intelligent. I've learned a lot from reading your posts. Help, please.
jfarley
Jan 2, 2013 10:25 AM CST
all of you political leaders can kiss my shiny metal ass to coin a phraise from the president on down and everyone in between.You not for the people but the Goldman Sachs and other big businesses in which you came out of. You dont care about the little guy you just care about your self and your power. Well be for warned. I have no respect for none of you. You have let us down to many times no respect for the Ryans, Cantors, McCarthy's Roskams, Norquests, Bohners, McConnals and so on you all can have the New World Order.
LoginsSuck
Jan 2, 2013 9:46 AM CST
I have a little more respect for Paul Ryan and less for Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Pete Roskam. I know they were making a point, but it was still pointless.