The U.S. House of Representatives voted 257-167 late Tuesday night to endorse a Senate vote on a bill that would avert the so-called "Fiscal Cliff." This bill extends the tax cuts passed during George W. Bush's presidency that would have expired on Jan. 1, and delays automatic spending cuts.
A complete list of the yeas and nays can be found on the website for the House of Representatives.
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, voted against the bill, which will extend curent tax rates for all wage earners making below $400,000 and couples making below $450,000.
The Senate legislation passed early Tuesday 89-8. The bill currently awaits President Barack Obama's signature.
Walberg released the following statement after the vote:
"I am extremely disappointed after all the negotiations and effort that went into avoiding the so-called `fiscal cliff', the president and Congress again put off meaningful action to reduce spending and secure the future for our children and grandchildren. Again, with our economy struggling, it's clear that Washington missed an opportunity to promote tax and spending policies that will grow our economy over the long-term.
I believe the federal government needs to live within its means, because trillion-dollar deficits threaten our economy and opportunities for future generations. I will continue to support immediate spending reductions, reforming our tax code and a Balanced Budget Amendment to hold Congress accountable and require fiscal responsibility. It is my hope that this will begin in the next Congress and lead to a long-term solution."