Senate vote count on Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 – fiscal cliff compromise

The following is the full votes from the Senate on the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 (the equivalent of HR 8 in the House) – the fiscal cliff deal. The vote was carried out by the lame duck Senate, a final action before the new members are sworn in and take action. The result of this vote, and that of the House is:

  • An increase in taxes for those earning $400,000 or more
  • A resumption of the payroll tax
  • An increase in the estate tax for estates over $5 million
  • An increase in the national debt of $4 trillion over 10 years
  • A 2 month delay in the mandatory $1.2 trillion in spedning cuts for defense and Medicaid – unless a further deal can be worked out
  • A net exchange of $41 of increased taxes for ever $1 of spending reduction
  • Extend credits and incentives for plug-in electric vehicles, biodiesel and other alternative energy initiatives
  • An end to the Community Living Assistance Services and Support program which allowed the elderly and disabled to get in-home care
  • Special expensing rules for certain film and TV productions
  • Extend farm subsidy program, preventing milk prices from essentially doubling

    The votes were 89 for, 8 against, with 3 non-votes. Those that did not vote on this matter were: Sen. Lautenberg of NJ, Sen. DeMint of S.C., and Sen. Kirk of IL.

    The votes for (47 Democrats, 40 Republicans and 2 independents):

    Democrats –
    Akaka, Hawaii; Baucus, Mont.; Begich, Alaska; Bingaman, N.M.; Blumenthal, Conn.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Casey, Pa.; Conrad, N.D.; Coons, Del.; Durbin, Ill.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Hagan, N.C.; Johnson, S.D.; Kerry, Mass.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Kohl, Wis.; Landrieu, La.; Leahy, Vt.; Levin, Mich.; Manchin, W.V.; McCaskill, Mo.; Menendez, N.J.; Merkley, Ore.; Mikulski, Md.; Murray, Wash.; Nelson, Fla.; Nelson, Neb.; Pryor, Ark.; Reed, R.I.; Reid, Nev.; Rockefeller, W.V.; Schatz, Hawaii; Schumer, N.Y.; Shaheen, N.H.; Stabenow, Mich.; Tester, Mont.; Udall, Colo.; Udall, N.M.; Warner, Va.; Webb, Va.; Whitehouse, R.I.; Wyden, Ore.

    Republicans –
    Alexander, Tenn.; Ayotte, N.H.; Barrasso, Wyo.; Blunt, Mo.; Boozman, Ark.; Brown, Mass.; Burr, N.C.; Chambliss, Ga.; Coats, Ind.; Coburn, Okla.; Cochran, Miss.; Collins, Maine; Corker, Tenn.; Cornyn, Texas; Crapo, Idaho; Enzi, Wyo.; Graham, S.C.; Hatch, Utah; Heller, Nev.; Hoeven, N.D.; Hutchison, Texas; Inhofe, Okla.; Isakson, Ga.; Johanns, Neb.; Johnson, Wis.; Kyl, Ariz.; Lugar, Ind.; McCain, Ariz.; McConnell, Ky.; Moran, Kan.; Murkowski, Alaska; Portman, Ohio; Risch, Idaho; Roberts, Kan.; Sessions, Ala.; Snowe, Maine; Thune, S.D.; Toomey, Pa.; Vitter, La.; Wicker, Miss.

    Independents –
    Lieberman, Conn.; Sanders, Vt

    The votes against (5 Republicans and 3 Democrats):

    Democrats –
    Bennet, Colo.; Carper, Del.; Harkin, Iowa

    Republicans –
    Grassley, Iowa; Lee, Utah; Paul, Ky.; Rubio, Fla.; Shelby, Ala.

  • About the Author

    Michael Vass
    Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

    1 Comment on "Senate vote count on Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 – fiscal cliff compromise"

    1. Charles Munson | January 7, 2013 at 1:35 am |

      This bill does nothing to address the problems confronting this economy. These senators are wasting out time and money. They should all be charged with treason since this law is meant to crush the U.S. economy, and destroy the American way of life.

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