GOP Caves On Tax Hike

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Scott Garrett was the only New Jersey representative in Congress to vote against the ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise that will raise some income-tax rates for the first time in 20 years, increase federal budget deficits over the next decade, and end the two-year-old payroll tax break.

The U.S. House voted 257 to 167 to approve a bill, following the bipartisan 89-8 roll call in the Senate.

Eighty-five House Republicans and 172 Democrats voted in favor of the deal, while 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats opposed it.

Voting yes in the Senate were 47 Democrats, 40 Republicans and 2 independents, while 3 Democrats and 5 Republicans opposed the measure.

Frank R. Lautenberg, the senior United States Senator from New Jersey, did not vote; Senator Bob Menendez voted yes.

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