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Paul Ryan votes for 'fiscal cliff' bill


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Two of the top lawmakers in the Republican party chose opposite sides in the fiscal cliff battle. Wisconsin Congressman and former Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan voted for the bill, while Senator Marco Rubio voted against the deal.

If those two, who are top prospects for the White House in 2016, decide to run for president, this vote will certainly come up again in the future.

Senator Rubio voted against the deal along with seven other senators early Tuesday morning saying, "I appreciate all the hard work that went into avoiding the so-called 'fiscal cliff'. I especially commend Senator McConnell's efforts to make the best out of a bad situation. Nevertheless, I cannot support the arrangement they have arrived at. Rapid economic growth and spending reforms are the only way out of the real fiscal cliff our nation is facing. But rapid economic growth and job creation will be made more difficult under the deal reached here in Washington."

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan sided against most of his GOP House colleagues and supported the bill. 151 Republicans voted against the bill, including many conservatives. Only 85 Republicans backed it, despite an endorsement from Boehner.

"Today, I joined my colleagues in the House to protect as many Americans as possible from a tax increase. We also provided certainty by making the lower tax rates permanent. The House has already passed legislation to prevent tax increases for every American family, and it is unfortunate that President Obama insisted on taking more from hardworking taxpayers," Ryan said of his vote in a statement.

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