How area Congressmen voted on the Fiscal Cliff
PADUCAH- As President Obama heads back to Hawaii to be with his family, lawmakers are left facing the consequences of their last-minute fiscal cliff legislation votes.
In Kentucky and Tennessee Republican Representatives Ed Whitfield and Stephen Fincher voted against the bill. In Illinois, Democrat Jerry Costello for in favor of it, but so did Republican John Shimkus. He and Jo Ann Emerson from Missouri are only two of 85 house Republicans who voted for the measure.
Shimkus told WPSD the reason he decided to vote yes even though the bill didn't address spending cuts is because it did make Bush-era tax cuts permanent and it extended the farm bill by nine months.
"There are times to fight and there are times to decide to fight another day," said Shimkus.
Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield wanted to take on the fight before passing anything.
"For my personal perspective, I wanted to make some changes to this bill, put some spending cuts in and send it back to Senator Reid and others and let them come back with another proposal to us," he said.
Now all lawmakers will have to address the Federal Government's spending within two months. The U.S. has already reached the National Debt Ceiling and can't pay it's bills. Shimkus said that new cliff could be even steeper.
"Get ready for another crisis and I think this one will be of epic proportions," he said.