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Guinta Votes Against Fiscal Cliff Deal

The bill eases portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Guinta Votes Against Fiscal Cliff Deal

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal late Tuesday to ease portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to the Huffington Post.

How did our local representatives in Congress vote? Rep. Frank Guinta, R-NH, voted against it, while Rep. Charles Bass, R-NH, supported the measure.

On his Facebook page Guinta wrote the following of his decision.

"I listened to the people of NH and voted NO as this bill raises the debt by $4T, does not include any spending cuts and does not include pro growth economic policies. I will continue to work with anyone who wants to put Country first and finally fix our economy."

The compromise was approved by the Senate at 2 a.m. Tuesday, and despite talk of rejecting it, the House ultimately passed the bill by a vote of 257 to 167.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, and Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, both supported the measure in the Senate.

"While the president was insistent on raising taxes, I voted to spare as many Americans as possible from getting hit by tax increases," Ayotte said in a statement released Tuesday. "Now it’s time for the president and Congress to cut spending and come up with real reforms to get us out of our crippling $16 trillion debt."

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