The ‘fiscal cliff’: How the House voted

January 2, 2013

Most House Republicans voted against the final fiscal cliff deal late Tuesday night, while just 16 Democrats joined them.

A few notes from the votes (and the roll call is here):

* The bill easily passed 257-167, with 217 votes needed for passage. Democrats voted 172-16 in favor while Republicans votes 151-85 against.

* GOP leadership was split. While House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and 2012 vice presidential nominee and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.) voted yes, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) voted no.

* Ryan's vote is noteworthy because another major 2016 presidential contender, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), was one of just eight senators to vote no early Tuesday morning, as did another potential presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

* Other no votes included GOP firebrands Reps. Allen West (Fla.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Joe Walsh (Ill.). West and Walsh lost reelection in November, while Bachmann narrowly won.

* GOP Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) voted no. She is a top hope for Sen. Jay Rockefeller's (D-W.Va.) seat.

* Sen.-elect Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Sen.-designate Tim Scott (R-S.C.) voted no, despite the upper chamber's overwhelming 89-8 vote in support of the bill, as did Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence (R-Ind.).

* Potential future Senate candidates Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) all voted no. 

* Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), who had urged compromised but spoke out against the Senate bill, voted yes.

* The 16 Democrats voting no split between the liberal and the moderate. More liberal Reps. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Jim McDermott (Wash.), Brad Miller (N.C.), Jim Moran (Va.), Bobby Scott (Va.), Pete Visclosky (Ind.) voted no. But they were joined by moderate-to-conservative Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.) and Adam Smith (Wash.).

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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