The MA delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives was split as the House voted 277 to 148 in favor of the tax compromise bill to approve extensions of the Bush era tax cuts and federal unemployment assistance, among other tax and spending issues. As reported in the Boston Globe and on CNN.com, the vote came the day after the Senate cleared the bill, 81-19. MA Senators Scott Brown (R) and John Kerry (D) voted in favor of the bill in the Senate.
“Passage was backed by 139 Democrats and 138 Republicans. Opposed were 112 Democrats and 36 Republicans, many of whom wanted to include spending cuts to offset the $56 billion cost of the unemployment benefits”, according to the Boston Globe. Massachusetts House reps were split on the bill, according to a public record of the roll call vote.
MA Congressional Reps voting in favor of the bill:
- Rep. Niki Tsongas (D)
- Rep. William Delahunt (D)
MA Congressional Reps voting against the bill:
- Rep. Barney Frank (D)
- Rep/ Michael Capuano (D)
- Rep. Stephen Lynch (D)
- Rep. Edward Markey (D)
- Rep. James Mc Govern (D)
- Rep. Richard Neal (D)
- Rep. John Olver (D)
- Rep. John Tierney (D)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi did not vote
Also, according to the Globe report, ” the Democratic leadership splintered at the end. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California did not vote, while Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland supported the measure. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, outgoing chairman of the Democratic campaign committee, opposed it after assuming a prominent role in pushing for the estate tax increase.”
Tax bill now on it way to the White House
President Obama, who negotiated the compromise plan with Congressional Republicans, is expeced to sign the bill as soon as possible.The bill provides a two-year extension of tax cuts enacted when George W. Bush was president, “avoiding an increase at all income levels that would otherwise occur on New Year’s Day,” said the Globe.
For more information about the tax bill vote read:
U.S. House of Representatives Clerk’s Report Roll Call Vote
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