US Senate passes bill to avert fiscal cliff; $41 in tax increases for every $1 in spending cuts; Conservatives say, ‘Thanks for the crap sandwich’!/JohnCornyn/status/286015695328800769

To the surprise of no one, most Republican Senators voted for the deal, which raises taxes by $620 billion and does virtually nothing to reduce federal spending:

Colleague Ed Henry says CBO indicates #fiscalcliff bill has $620 billion in new tax hikes. $15 billion in spending cuts.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 1, 2013

The bill (misleadingly titled the “American Taxpayer Relief Act”) passed 89 to 8. According to Dan Spencer at Red State:

The bill raises income tax rates for those taxpayers with incomes more than $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. These higher income taxpayers will also pay higher rates on investment income, with rates on dividends and capital gains rising from 15 percent to 20 percent. Add the 3.8 percent ObamaCare surcharge on investment income — another tax that takes effect in January, and the top rate on investment income would rise to 23.8 percent for those high-income households.

The bill also raises taxes on couples earning more than $250,000 a year and single people earning more than $200,000 by limiting personal exemptions and itemized deductions.

Estates taxes will also be increased, with the top rate raised to 40 percent, with the first $5 million in value exempted for individual estates and $10 million for family estates.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill later today.

Here’s Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) explaining his “Aye” vote:

I voted for this bill because it prevents a huge tax increase on 99% of all Texans and Americans. Nonetheless, I am dismayed at the lack of seriousness by the president on dealing with the core issues of our fiscal problems. Our spending is unsustainable and it is high time the president and his party engage in meaningful dialogue to get this county’s spending under control.

Conservative tweeters were dismayed, too:

@johncornyn BULL. You voted 4 the bill out of fear and the fact the GOP is the party of wimps. 2014/2016 BE GONE!

— Barb (@BarbofPA) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn I wish you would have voted no. This is not compromise. It’s appeasement

— Charlie Hodges (@CharlieHodges) January 1, 2013


— John Modisett (@thebighoot) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn You (Congress) have to stop spending. Now you have once again not done anything to stop spending. Don’t raise the debt limit.

— Fred Bingham (@Ontly) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn shame on you!

— Mike Morton (@Cuppy1) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn @etcpolitics $620 billion in tax increases to $15 billion in spending cuts (as reported) is NOT compromise. The problem remains.

— Verum Quaerere (@VerumQuaerere) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn Until you actually try to stop the spending, your criticism of the dems rings hollow. You caved & we get to pay for it. RINO

— Roger Freeman (@JRoger777) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn bullshit john. u guys only have leverage ev yr or 2, so then you promptly bend over n grab ur ankles. ur just another gop wuss

— John Alan (@JohnAlan6) January 1, 2013

Both my Sen. Voted yea for this crap. One is retiring; the other can kiss his job good-bye! @johncornyn #fail #FiscalCliff

— Rebecca (@MzRebecca06) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn: I voted to prevent tax increase // Sir, you don’t negotiate w/terrorist—POTUS/Dems = spoiled brats—stand firm for what’s right!

— Matthew Nelson (@matthewaynelson) January 1, 2013

@2liveinliberty @johncornyn You caved – am done with you and your kind…!!!

— Anne M. (@Basenjimomma) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn This advances progressives at the expense of conservative principles & hurts the country costing more jobs! Sad for America.

— rebob7 (@rebob7) January 1, 2013

I can’t wait to help campaign against @johncornynvoted with 0bama to “save” us.Bullshit

— Jeff (@Oc1013) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn I wish someone had the balls to actually SAVE America we need trillions in immediate spending cuts!

— Gary Jackson (@gary4205) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn you lost my vote when you come up for election.Thanks for standing up for your convictions you damn rhino!

— Samuel Dobbs (@samtdobbs) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn Obama smoked you guys again. You’re disappointed?? How do you think WE feel?

— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn I for one live in Texas and I’m not pleased you voted yes for this bill. Shame on you!

— SUSAN DUTCHER (@SCRUB58) January 1, 2013

.@johncornyn bullshit!Can’t wait to vote for anyone but you.You caved to big interest just like we knew you would!

— Jeff (@Oc1013) January 1, 2013


— MORRIS TURNER (@morris_turner) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn Tonight you voted for big tax hikes, lent credence to Dem claim we can afford big gov’t if we just eat the rich. Weak.

— Sunny (@sunnyright) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn you should not have voted for it. That was wrong

— Jim Polk (@JimPolk) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn You voted for the bill b/c you chickened out. Raises taxes on the unpopular ppl to maintain illusion that big govt is affordable

— Sunny (@sunnyright) January 1, 2013

@johncornyn Why not just vote present and allow the left to own this nasty deal?

— ScarlettsGone (@ScarlettsGone) January 1, 2013

Other Senate Republicans who supported the bill came under fire, too.

@sendancoats just voted to raise taxes on working class folks – payroll tax goes up 2% today.

— Wilhelm II (@knightofgood) January 1, 2013

@kaybaileyhutch thank for keeping up the tradition of voting the constitution and Texas and USA down the river. Good bye, sweet retirement.

— Jeffrey Tew (@jatew) January 1, 2013

@kaybaileyhutch You sold out Texas! No spending cuts for a pay raise?…

— Eric Phillips (@_12th_man) January 1, 2013

@kaybaileyhutch Thank you for your service but voting for tax increases w/o immediate & significant cuts in spending was a horrible vote.

— SoGlib(@SoGlib) January 1, 2013

@lisamurkowski poor decision!

— Mex I Can (@JasonGalvan) January 1, 2013

You are a complete idiot for voting for.a tax hike. @lisamurkowski

— Eric Bascom (@reaganbetter) January 1, 2013

.@royblunt @barbofpa SO, you voted yes to raise taxes with no spending cuts and another year with no budget.And you are proud of this?

— Who is John Galt? (@Dagny_Galt) January 1, 2013

@royblunt stfu

— Barb (@BarbofPA) January 1, 2013

.@royblunt No spending cuts and a $16,000,000,000,000+ debt provides no economic security for anyone. #tcot #tlot

— Mike Urban (@mju1983) January 1, 2013

@royblunt didn’t really expect anything less from a bush era congressional leader

— Joseph Russo III (@JoeRussoIII) January 1, 2013

Only five Republican Senators (Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Richard Shelby, Marco Rubio, and Charles Grassley) voted no.

At least some did not sell out Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rand Paul,R-Ky;Richard Shelby, R-AL; Chuck Grassley,R-Iowa; and Marco Rubio, R-Fla

— Yogi Bear (@Yogi_Bear_61) January 1, 2013

@marcorubio you gained my vote in 2016 tonight, thank you for voting against a spending bill that does not help our country

— Richard Salvato (@RichSalvato) January 1, 2013

@marcorubio Thank you for standing up for Republicans and not voting for tax hikes. It’s a spending problem–a big spending problem! Thanks!

— Tori Hart (@ToriHart4) January 1, 2013

@chuckgrassley ThankYouForNO vote…. increase taxes by $620 billion and cut spending by $15 billion is crazy!

— stopthewaste (@votegun) January 1, 2013

@chuckgrassley proud of you for voting no.Stand strong for fiscal issues!God Bless!

— Garrod Sieveking (@dragon8569) January 1, 2013

Rand Paul is my new hope for our great nation. Let’s rally behind him and make him the voice of the GOP. #tcot

— Sarah Goldstein (@sarahcgoldstein) January 1, 2013

glad my boy Rand Paul voted against the turd of a bill that the Senate passed last night. What a joke.

— Jesse Green (@itsBroGreen) January 1, 2013

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US Senate passes bill to avert fiscal cliff; $41 in tax increases for every $1 in spending cuts; Conservatives say, ‘Thanks for the crap sandwich’

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