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McIntyre, Jones vote ‘no’ on fiscal cliff deal

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Congress finally reached a deal late last night to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, but it did not get support from members of the US House representing eastern North Carolina. House Resolution 8 passed by a vote of 257-167, but two of those votes against were from Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-3rd District).

“It is absolutely critical that a sensible resolution of the ‘fiscal cliff’ be reached with bi-partisan support,” McIntyre said in a statement after the vote, “but the Senate’s proposal is not the way to resolve this important issue for the following reasons: 1. It will add almost $4 trillion to the nation’s debt; 2. It delays spending cuts; and 3. It does not provide for comprehensive tax reform that can help our small businesses create jobs.”

“The financial markets, small business and the American people are looking for stability and accountability, not a temporary fix. A comprehensive solution is needed that includes getting our national debt under control and reining in government spending,” McIntyre said.

North Carolina’s senators, Richard Burr, a Republican, and Democrat Kay Hagan both voted for the fiscal cliff deal.

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