SENATOR MARCO RUBIO OF FLORIDA VOTES “NO” ON NEGOTIATED BILL
TEA PARTY STILL NOT “PRO-AMERICA” IN A TIME OF CRISIS
RUBIO PUTS IDEOLOGY BEFORE COUNTRY
By Ed Payne
(CNN) — A full two hours after a midnight deadline, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a deal Tuesday to avert the feared fiscal cliff on an 89-8 vote.
The Senate package would put off budget cuts for two months and preserve Bush-era income tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 or couples earning less than $450,000.
The measure now goes to the House where it faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled body.
A statement from House leadership made no promises.
“Decisions about whether the House will seek to accept or promptly amend the measure will not be made until House members — and the American people — have been able to review the legislation,” the statement said.
A vote could come as early as New Year‘s Day. The House is scheduled to convene at noon.
“The vote was 89 to 8. Bipartisan vote. 89 votes,” he said. “I think it sends a strong message and I think it will be approved by the House.” FULL ARTICLE WITH PDF OF BILL
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