Cantor, McCarthy Join 151 Republicans Against Bill

Majority House Leader Eric Cantor

WASHINGTON D.C. – Majority House Leader Eric Cantor and GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy were among the 151 Republicans who voted against the fiscal cliff bill in the House Tuesday night.


Speaker John Boehner and Republican Conference chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the number four in the party hierarchy in the House, both voted in favor of the bill that was introduced in the House by the GOP’s Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp.


The party was split with around two-thirds of House Republicans voting against the bill aimed at keeping a plethora of tax rates from going up this year. It even divided one married Republican couple. Florida’s Connie Mack voted against while his wife Mary Bono Mack of California voted in favor.


The biggest complaint was that the bill — which had earlier passed by an overwhelming 89-8 vote in the Senate — did not include enough spending cuts while increasing taxes on Americans who make more than $450,000 per year.


Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam joined the no votes, along with influential oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa. Budget committee chairman and former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan voted for while former presidential candidate Ron Paul was among five GOP members who did not cast a vote.