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Gohmert discusses no vote on fiscal cliff legislation

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

After months of back and forth debate and a last minute vote on Capitol Hill, lawmakers in Washington finally came to an agreement Tuesday to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.

While Texas' Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn voted to approve the fiscal cliff legislation, only one East Texas Congressman - Representative Kevin Brady - voted for the bill.

Congressman Louie Gohmert said Wednesday that his "no" vote on the fiscal cliff legislation was a "vote of conscience."

"There are good things in there. It did keep taxes at the current rate for most Americans. It did deal with the alternative minimum tax. It dealt with a number of good things, although it did have some pork in there," Gohmert said. "But it did not deal with the number one problem of massive over-spending and we've got to rein that in."

The House voted on the bill passed by the Senate early New Year's Day, which raises taxes on individuals earning more than $400,000 a year and couples earning more than $450,000 a year. It also extends unemployment benefits, but spending cuts will not be addressed for two months.

"To continue to put off, yet again, the vote on cutting spending is just too irresponsible. I could not support that," said Gohmert.

And Congressman Gohmert knows the fight isn't over. Also pushed back for two months - the debate to consider raising the nation's debt ceiling.

"The president's already saying he wants more taxes and he wants more debt limit, so there is definitely going to be a battle there," Gohmert said.

But he did note one good thing that has come from these fiscal cliff negotiations.

"As I said on the floor, I was so glad that finally, after all these years, all the folks that had been talking about the Bush tax cuts helping the rich finally admitted after all these years that the Bush tax cuts actually were for 98 percent of Americans, the middle class," he said.

Lawmakers were under a tight deadline to pass the fiscal cliff measure. A new Congress will be sworn in Thursday.

 


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