Clouds roil over the White House in Washington on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, as Washington has less than 48 hours to avert the “fiscal cliff,” a series of tax increases and spending cuts set to take hold on Jan. 1. Republican and Democratic negotiators in the Senate were hoping to reach a deal to avoid going over the cliff on Sunday.
ATLANTA — Georgia's Republicans in the U.S. House voted against a last-minute deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" after the state's two senators voted for it.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/12WMf6C) that all eight of Georgia's Republicans voted against the bill in the House late Tuesday.
They broke with the state's GOP senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, who had voted for it just after the new year began.
Among Democrats, John Barrow of Augusta voted no. Sanford Bishop of Albany; David Scott of Atlanta; and Hank Johnson of DeKalb County voted yes.
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta did not vote, as he returned home after his wife died Monday.
The last-minute deal in Congress to avoid the "fiscal cliff" sent world stocks climbing Wednesday.