Fiscal cliff: Ind. delegation's votes

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Of the nine Indiana members of the U.S. House of Representatives, two voted ‘yes,’ six voted ‘no,’ and one did not vote on the fiscal cliff bill, which passed the House 257-167 late Tuesday night, after the Senate passed it 89-8 less than 24 hours earlier.

Democrats Andre Carson and Joe Donnelly both voted in favor of the deal, while retiring Republican Dan Burton did not vote. The remaining six congressmen voted against the deal: Republicans Larry Bucshon, Gov.-Elect Mike Pence, Todd Rokita, Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young, as well as Democrat Pete Visclosky.

Some issued statements. Others, like Carson, took to social media to voice their opinions:

Tonight, I voted to protect the Middle Class and our economic recovery.

— AndreCarson (@RepAndreCarson) January 2, 2013

But our agreement tonight does not absolve Congress from its dysfunction or the partisan bickering that brought on this crisis. #fiscalcliff

— AndreCarson (@RepAndreCarson) January 2, 2013

However, Viscloski disagreed:

"I am appalled and angry that Congress could not make discrete decisions to bring our fiscal house in order," he wrote in a statement. “Congress has abdicated its responsibility to provide certainty to all American families and businesses.”

Rokita issued a statement that read, in part: “While Congress and the White House have steered the nation around a fiscal pothole tonight, we are still hurtling toward the real fiscal cliff. We must get serious about our debt crisis before it’s too late.”

Stutzman took to Facebook, noting, in part: “A tax hike without spending cuts is not a serious attempt to solve our country's debt crisis. We face a debt crisis because Congress and President Obama have refused to make hard choices and this latest 'deal' is just another example.”

Also against the deal was Young, who released a statement that read, in part: “I am deeply disappointed that the bill passed by the Senate not only fails to include significant spending restraint, but instead extends stimulus spending. It does very little to restore a degree of certainty to our economy, and the continued refusal to seriously address our largest and most unsustainable programs of government could likely result in further credit rating downgrades, interest rate increases, business failures, and job losses.”

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