Local Politicians Split on Fiscal Cliff Bill

Of the nine Tennesseans who represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives, only Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, voted for the American Taxpayer Relief Bill yesterday, although he admitted he was not entirely happy with the agreement. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, voted against the legislation, claiming it produced "No real spending cuts. No real deficit reduction. No acknowledgement of America's out-of-control national debt." Meanwhile, both of the state’s Republican senators voted for the package. Sen. Bob Corker called it "legislation to rescue 99 percent of the American people from a rax rate increase." The Memphis Daily News has the story.