Colorado’s four-member Republican congressional delegation — including Colorado Springs GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn — all voted against the fiscal cliff deal that was passed by Congress on New Year’s Day.
Lamborn said in a statement late Tuesday night that he couldn’t support the measure because it didn’t include any cuts to federal spending.
“I oppose the bill the Senate sent to the House because although it gives lower taxes to many Americans, it fails to do anything to address the spending crisis. Until we bring spending under control and reform entitlements, we will never have a truly prosperous economy with strong job creation,” Lamborn said.
Lamborn, along with Colorado Republicans Cory Gardner, Scott Tipton, and Mike Coffman, were amongst 151 House Republicans who voted against the bill, while 85 House Republicans supported it.
In the Senate, Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet also voted against the bill, also saying that the measure doesn’t help reduce the federal deficit.
The deal, which passed the House of Representatives on a 257-167 vote and the Senate by 89-8, raises income tax rates for those making over $400,000 a year and for couples earning over $450,000 a year and prevents tax hikes for those making less.
Colorado’s Sen. Mark Udall, also a Democrat, supported the bill. So did Colorado’s three Democratic representatives — Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette and Jared Polis.
The Denver Post’s Allison Sherry compiled statements from all of the Colorado House delegation.
Read more about the fiscal cliff deal here.