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Rubio, Grassley, Lee Voted 'No' to Senate Deal

Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013 10:17 AM


Eight US senators, including Sens. Marco Rubio and Charles Grassley, voted against the Biden-McConnell deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

Here are the 8 Senators voting no:

Mike Lee (R-UT)

Rand Paul (R-KY)

Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Tom Carper (D-DE)

Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Senators not voting: Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

Late Monday, Sen. Rubio tweeted: "How can @BarackObama call his proposal a #deficit reduction package if it uses #taxincrease to fund more spending & it increases the #debt."

Rubio told reporters he "just couldn't vote for" the compromise.

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“I ran for office because I wanted to be a part of solving these big problems, and time and again we're faced with options here that don't really do that," he said.

"The real fiscal cliff is the one that awaits us, and nothing happened tonight to avoid that.”

Sen. Lee, had a similar take, tweeting: "Even the best #fiscalcliff deal will leave 99% of a dysfunctional system intact."

Grassley said Obama had reneged on campaign promises. He tweeted that "cliff negotiation to now show Obama proposes 600B increased spending paid for by tax wealthy NOT to reduce deficit like election promise."

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