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Minn., Wis. Senators Vote for Compromise Deal

Posted at: 01/01/2013 10:22 AM
Updated at: 01/01/2013 5:12 PM

nullMINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota's two U.S. senators voted for a compromise bill meant to avert the fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and sweeping spending cuts.

The Star Tribune reports Tuesday that Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken both backed the measure, which passed the Senate after midnight on New Year's Day.

The vote was after the midnight fiscal cliff deadline, and the bill now awaits a House vote that may come later Tuesday.

Franken, up for reelection next year, expressed reservations but praised the bill's extension of tax cuts for the middle class and unemployment insurance. He says he was glad it doesn't cut safety net programs.

Klobuchar also says the bill was worth supporting but that she wanted a more comprehensive mix of new revenue and spending cuts.

Wisconsin's Democratic, Republican Senators both back bill

Wisconsin's two U.S. senators both voted for a compromise bill meant to avert the fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and sweeping spending cuts.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that both Democrat Herb Kohl and Republican Ron Johnson backed the measure, which passed the Senate by 89-8 after midnight on New Year's Day.

The vote was after the midnight fiscal cliff deadline, and the bill's prospects in the Republican-led House were unclear later in the day.

Johnson says he wanted to extend tax cuts for all Americans but that he believed 99 percent of Wisconsin residents would not see a tax increase under the bill.

Kohl's vote may be his last as a senator as his term ends in days. He did not release a statement.

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