Senators with eye on 2016 vote against cliff deal
January 1st, 2013
08:04 AM ET
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Senators with eye on 2016 vote against cliff deal

(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:


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:


- 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:


- 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."

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Let's not forget their attitude toward what is best for us - they do NOT think of us. They think about their own careers. Let's make a note and vote them out ASAP.

    January 1, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Yonni

    America is not Ayatollah’s country no place for the extremist at the helm. It is unfortunate that these people made it to the US senate.

    January 1, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Pete

    @RickMcDaniel ,any deal is better than the republicans,part A or B which were soundly defeated,remember!!The sequester was republicans idea and now they'll pay for it with their careers if they don't work with Pres.Obama the man you Rick call a socialist ,but you wouldn't know a socialist if you'd seen one would yah !!So say good bye to all your buds,the Boehner,Rands,Rubio and the like will be gone after midterms and then finally things will get done!!

    January 1, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Sen Marco Rubio has just branded himself as an extremist who cannot do the right thing for this country. The label will stick with him in 2016.

    January 1, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. jinx88

    The article should read "Senators that wont get the 2016 bid".

    January 1, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. AEJ

    How could anyone vote for Rubio – the guy who does not believe in climate change. He seems more like an opportunist. 2014 is the year to put up a great Democrat candidate against this guy and vote him out of office. Florida is a BLUE State and should remain this way.

    January 1, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Jaci

    We are broke people!!!! We can't keep spending money we don't have

    January 1, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Thank God there are some people that have principles and stand by them.

    January 1, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. SteveInMN

    5 and 3 - almost a perfect bill.

    January 1, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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