(CNN) - After months of uncertainly, the U.S. Senate passed a last-minute deal Tuesday to avert the year-end fiscal cliff. The measure passed overwhelmingly 89-8. So which senators said no? Here's a list:
- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, told Wolf Blitzer Monday he didn't like the measure since it meant Congress was "kicking the can down the road and we aren't really addressing the real crisis in our country." The tea party favorite has not ruled out a run for president in 2016.
- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is another potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Like Paul, Rubio won his election in 2010 with backing from the tea party.
On Monday night he wrote on Twitter:
Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 31, 2012
And on Tuesday, he released a statement explaining that while he "appreciated" Sen. McConnell's work in negotiating a deal, he couldn't support the arrangement since it "does nothing to bring our dangerous debt under control."
"This deal just postpones the inevitable, the need to solve our growing debt crisis and help the 23 million Americans who can't find the work they need," Rubio wrote.
- Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, another tea party favorite elected to the Senate in 2010. He wrote Monday:
Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) December 31, 2012
- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, voted against the deal. On Sunday he wrote on Twitter that President Obama was breaking campaign promises with his proposals:
Cliff negotiation to now show Obama proposes 600B increased spending paid for by tax wealthy NOT to reduce deficit like election promise—
(@ChuckGrassley) December 30, 2012
- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, released a statement after the vote explaining his opposition.
"I do not support this agreement. Our economy needs spending restraint by the federal government and fundamental tax reform that eliminates corporate welfare and lowers individuals' rates. Instead, this package raises taxes, increases spending, and will lead to more borrowing. This deal is certainly no cure-all; rather, it falls far short of the measures necessary to promote job creation, economic growth, and fiscal stability."
- Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, told CNN Monday that he and other progressives were furious about any suggestion of raising the household income threshold to $450,000 for tax cut extensions. President Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to raise rates on households making more than $250,000 a year.
- Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, is the incoming chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the group tasked with electing Democrats to the upper chamber. He created his own plan to avert the fiscal cliff in November alongside Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander (who voted for the compromise measure early Tuesday).
He wrote in a statement Tuesday: "Washington once again has lived up to its reputation as the ‘Land of Flickering Lights.’ For four years in my townhall meetings across the state Coloradans have told me they want a plan that materially reduces the deficit. This proposal does not meet that standard and does not put in place a real process to reduce the debt down the road."
- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, wrote in November he favored a solution modeled after the Simpson-Bowles proposals that included "comprehensive tax reform that eliminates loopholes and lowers tax rates for families and small businesses."