How Mass. Congressional Delegation Voted on Fiscal Cliff Bill
(WGGB) — With a fiscal cliff looming right up until about 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, members of Congress worked right until the end of New Year’s Day to get some compromise in place.
If the country had gone over the so-called cliff, tax cuts put in place during 2001 and 2003 under President George W. Bush would expire, meaning that everyone’s taxes would see an increase in 2013, as well as billions of dollars in spending cuts would take effect with the new year.
While Congress was able to reach an agreement on some of the issues before them, they did not act on a payroll tax reduction that was in effect. That cut brought most workers a two percent reduction in their Social Security taxes.
With the cut expiring, most Americans will see an increase in their Social Security taxes, with someone making about $50,000 seeing approximately a $1,000 increase over the year.
The Senate passed the bill Monday overwhelmingly, 89 – 8, with three not voting.
Late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives passed the bill with a vote of 257 – 167, with eight representatives not voting.
Here’s how the Massachusetts delegation voted on the bill:
Sen. John Kerry (D): Yes
Sen. Scott Brown (R): Yes
1st District – Rep. John Olver (D): Yes
2nd District – Rep. Richard Neal (D): Yes
3rd District – Rep. James McGovern (D): Yes
4th District – Rep. Barney Frank (D): Yes
5th District – Rep. Niki Tsongas (D): Yes
6th District – Rep. John Tierney (D): Yes
7th District – Rep. Ed Markey (D): Yes
8th District – Rep. Michael Capuano (D): Yes
9th District – Rep. Stephen Lynch (D): Yes
10th District – Rep. William Keating (D): Yes