All four local senators voted for the compromise legislation designed to avoid the fiscal cliff by locking in Bush-era tax rates for almost all Americans, while raising tax rates for incomes above $400,000 and $450,000.
The vote came around 1 a.m. Jan. 1.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.: Yes. "Wasn't pretty & I'm embarrassed it took so long but glad I'm part of compromise to protect vast majority from tax increase." (via Twitter)
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.: Yes. "This bill permanently protects 99 percent of taxpayers from a tax increase, provides permanent tax relief and economic certainty for every American, and ensures the vast majority of farm families and small businesses in Missouri will not face the unfair death tax."
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Ks.: Yes. "I voted to keep every cent possible in the paychecks of Kansans so they can get on with planning their futures while we go back to work to cut spending.
"Make no mistake: I will vigorously fight to stop President Obama and Washington liberals from raising taxes and increasing deficit spending as America faces serious debt and fiscal crisis in the new year."
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Ks.: Yes. UPDATED statement: "This bill protects 99% of all Americans. It also limits the increases that would otherwise occur in taxes on dividends and capital gains. And most importantly to Kansas farmers, ranchers and business owners permanently reduces the estate tax rates and locks in a 10 million per couple exemption."