(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) - Alabama’s lone Democratic house member, Terri Sewell voted in favor of the Fiscal Cliff Deal.
All six of Alabama’s Republican representatives voted no on the fiscal cliff deal.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead is praising the no votes by Alabama representatives.
“The last minute deal that was cut between the Obama Administration and the Senate Leadership is a symptom of a broken Washington D.C. where they simply 'kick the can down the road'. Considering this deal was negotiated at gunpoint over the Holiday Season, drafted, introduced and voted on all within a 48-hour window, it is clear to me why so many people hold a deep mistrust of the Federal Government,” Armistead stated.
“Congress, and particularly Senator Harry Reid who has not passed a budget in over 3 years, continues to focus on stop gap measures for a quick fix and continues to push off talk of significant cuts in spending, reform of entitlements and fundamental and permanent tax reform,” Armistead continued.
Armistead added, “I applaud the Republican Members of the Alabama Delegation in the House for their vote last night for more fiscal restraint. I view their vote against the measure as being in line with the conservative principles we hold dear as Alabama Republicans.”
“It is my sincere hope that Congress wakes up and realizes that pushing a problem off for two months does not mean waiting two months to begin debate. Congress needs to begin addressing the debt ceiling, sequestration and the continuation of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts right now instead of waiting two months and again negotiate with a gun to the head of the American economy,” Armistead concluded.