The fiscal cliff deal has passed the US House. Here’s a tally of who voted what.
Only one-third of the Republican caucus voted for the deal, but Boehner voted for it – it’s their deal. They own it.
First the Republicans who voted yes, which includes Paul Ryan, who seemed opposed earlier in the day. Eric Cantor, another member of the House leadership, did not vote for it. Here’s a sense of the vote right before it ended – the final tally was 257-167:
And conservatives are ticked.
But my favorite is Grover Norquist, who tries to pull a definition-of-is-is:
Good to hear, Grover, because that means Republicans can let every tax cut expire in the future, and so long as they vote for a new tax cut, worth a grand total of $1 dollar, they’ll be keeping their “pledge.” So the Norquist pledge just became meaningless, from the mouth of Norquist himself. That may be the biggest victory the President got out of this deal yet.