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Most of Okla. Delegation Votes for ''Fiscal Cliff'' Measure (Jan 02, 2013)

WASHINGTON - Both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senators and four out of five Congressmen voted for legislation to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Speaking to CNN last night, U.S. Rep Tom Cole (R-OK4) said he was extraordinarily pleased with Tuesday night's vote.

"There are a lot of good things in this bill," Cole said. "Frankly, the President is going to have to be a lot more forthcoming than he has been on spending cuts and entitlement reform going forward."

Even though two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the measure, U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK5) was the only member of Oklahoma's congressional delegation to cast a "no" vote.

In an email last night, Lankford said the legislation doesn't do anything to solve the $16.4 trillion national debt, and increases both tax subsidies and federal spending.

Earlier Tuesday, both U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) voted for the Senate version of the bill.

Inhofe says he's pleased the measure includes an extension to the farm bill and that lawmakers avoided cuts to the military.

His fellow Republican, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, says the legislation prevents massive tax increases. But both senators said Congress still has much work to do to address the country's spending and entitlement programs.



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