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2 Minn. Reps. break rank on fiscal cliff vote

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Rep. Collin Peterson and Rep. John Kline Rep. Collin Peterson and Rep. John Kline

With the exception of two representatives, Minnesota's congressional delegation voted down party lines on the bill to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts.

Yet, Democrat Collin Peterson voted no to the bill, while Republican John Kline voted yes.

DEMOCRATS VOTING YES

  • Keith Ellison
  • Betty McCollum
  • Tim Walz

REPUBLICANS VOTING NO

  • Michele Bachmann
  • Chip Cravaack
  • Erik Paulsen

Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, had long opposed a short-term extension of the 2008 Farm Bill that became part of the deal. He wanted a new five-year farm bill to be part of the plan, along with dairy policy reforms he authored that did not make it into the bill.

While Kline voted yes, he called on President Barack Obama to work with Congress to cut spending.

REP. KLINE STATEMENT

"For too long, I have called on the administration to work with Congress toward creating an environment that helps families by preserving tax relief and providing economic certainty so private-sector employers can create jobs. While I am pleased tax relief for the middle class and small businesses is made permanent by this bipartisan legislation, the sobering reality is our nation remains in a debt crisis caused by reckless, runaway spending that is killing jobs and threatening the future of our children and grandchildren.

"It should have never come to this. In the House, we have been reasonable and responsible by passing legislation in August to stop the largest tax increase in American history, and in December to replace the disastrous ‘sequester' to defense with common-sense spending cuts and reforms which would reduce the deficit. Yet the President never called for the Senate to act on those bills, instead allowing the Democrat-controlled chamber to lead our economy and all Americans over the fiscal cliff.

"When the 113th Congress convenes, I hope the President will get serious, reconsider the needs of the nation, and work with us to determine a path forward that will put America back on the road to fiscal strength through meaningful spending reductions and critical reforms that strengthen our nation's entitlement programs for future generations."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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