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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While the Congress last night passed a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff for a couple more months, it did not get support from eastern North Carolina’s representatives in the US House.

Democrat Mike McIntyre and Republican Walter Jones both voted against the proposal late last night.

“Last night’s action was patchwork, and that’s why I did not support the way it was done,” Rep. McIntyre (D-7th District) told WWAY by phone this morning.

He says there needs to be more discussion and negotiations, and with the new Congress being sworn in tomorrow, future talks won’t be too far behind.

“I am looking forward to a more comprehensive solution being brought forth and together in a bipartisan fashion to stop all this excess government spending and to get our national debt under control,” McIntyre said. “I’m hoping that will occur in the next 60 to 90 days.”

But in the meantime, McIntyre said he does not support the Senate’s plan his House colleagues adopted.

“It will add almost $4 trillion to the nation’s debt,” McIntyre said. “It delays spending cuts and does not provide for the comprehensive tax reform that can help our small businesses create job.”

Rep. Jones’s office has not returned our call for comment on his no vote.

The bill passed last night does not include extending a Social Security payroll tax cut past the end of last year. That means workers will now pay two percent more in social security taxes.

North Carolina’s senators, Richard Burr, a Republican, and Democrat Kay Hagan both voted for the fiscal cliff deal.

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23 Comments on "McIntyre explains vote against fiscal cliff deal"

2015 years 10 months ago

Seriously? McIntyre, there was a time to do it the right way but you and your Republican friends missed that boat months ago so don’t go complaining about the predicament you put yourself in.

2015 years 10 months ago

You got this one right mike.

2015 years 10 months ago

If you would look Mr. Henry, we’ll be paying higher taxes now. $598.00 more dollars this year for me.

Henry Antony
2015 years 10 months ago

I had hoped the congressman would put partisan politics aside and vote for a measure that helps the country avoid a crisis and helps avert a major tax increase for the middle class. He disappointed this constituent. McIntyre had my support since I moved to North Carolina, but that support ended with his vote on this measure.

2015 years 10 months ago

how would a yes vote have addressed the fiscal problems?

Middle America tax rates, for those who work and do not live on the government taxpayer nickel, were still going up. And I am not referring to Social Security retirement benefits when I refer to living on the taxpayers’ nickel.

There were no significant spending cuts.

McIntyre had to vote yea or nay on a bill which he had no hand in writing.

Personally, I think he made the right choice given the circumstances.

Sadly, Richard Burr did not.

2015 years 10 months ago

The only reason “I LIKE MIKE” mcintyre, voted against it was as before, he knew it was gonna pass and it would make him look good, also there wasn’t a big blank check he could grab up and run around town with his name on the signature line, Mike, we’re on to you, good try though! If Mike really wanted to make a difference he could be deporting ILLEGALS like his campaign speechs, he could be pushing to put senators and congressmen on social security and medicare instead of their golden parachutes they now have, and this could be retroactive, he could also be pushing for cutting out all foreign aid and withdrawing all support form the UN, after all we provide the money and muscle to keep that orgaanization running, no Mike, sounds good, but as long as you have been in Washington it’s easy to see thru the fog, nice try though.

2015 years 10 months ago

You are all mostly arguing the left or right position. IT simple… as related to Mikes vote. He voted no…..because his votes wasn’t needed. It was a done deal with the votes that were already in place. Thus Mike looks, smells like he sided with the voters of NC..who almost kicked him out of office this past year…almost but did not. Regardless, the state went Republican across the board…. and he knows it. Thus his vote no. His Dem. leadership let him “look good to the folks back home”. Simple.
If his vote would have been a tie breaker….it would have been different.

Paul Geisewite
2015 years 10 months ago

Thank you for your position on this issue. I am totally against the irresponsible spending spree that our President is taking.
Paul Geisewite.

2015 years 10 months ago

give credit where credit is due…the President isn’t spending a DIME…those decisions were made by CONGRESS. Now, he is being a hard headed ARSE…but the houses of Congress did this deal. 40 bucks in taxes to every DOLLAR cut…is a SLAP IN THE FACE to those of us paying the bills!

2015 years 10 months ago

Paul, you have it all wrong. Congress voted and agreed that on Jan 1st 2013 taxes would go up on everybody and drastic spending cuts, mainly defense and education would take place if congress couldn’t or refused to address the deficit. Everybody knows that the president put 1.2 trillion in cuts in place in 2011 and offered another 1.2 trillion in the last round of talks. He also ask that taxes not be raised on 98% of all Americans. It turned out that the House Republicans refused this offer and for some very strange reason voted last night to save nothing on the deficit but allow 98% of Americans to keep the tax cut. The way I see it the Republicans just blew 1.2 trillion in savings?????

scott price
2015 years 10 months ago

I dont support mr. mcintyre very often but concidering the choice he had he chose correctly.The administration is never gonna make any real cuts unless its gutting the military.The best we can hope for in the next 4 years is is atotal stalemate,then pray for miracle in 2016

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 10 months ago

Everyone is crying about potential cuts to (earned) government benefits such as Social Security and Medicare. I, fully, believe that our country will be in the same boat as Grease if we don’t (deeply) cut government spending. But, instead of cutting (earned) benefits, why not cut out the STUPID spending such as the new soccer field at Guantanamo Bay ($750,000) or helping students in Indonesia get a masters degree ($20 million) or a study to see if cocaine causes quail to engage in risky behavior ($175,000) or the BILLIONS of dollars worth of other WASTEFUL spending that you can find by Googling “Stupid Government Spending”

Wilmington Observer

2015 years 10 months ago

Where is ‘Grease’? Just wondering…

Guest:tax payer
2015 years 10 months ago

Mr.T, 1.2 trillion dollars is a vast amount of money, however, it is like a drop of water in the ocean in comparison to our 16 trillion and growing debt. Can you tell me what the 1.2 trillion dollars in cuts you say the President put in place are? Money that is borrowed isn’t a savings. Once you put it on the Credit Card of China, it’s there. You see, once that money is spent, you owe it. By the way, President Obama is just as much to blame as Congress, neither have the good of the American people at heart. I haven’t seen any leadership out of him, all he has done is point fingers at everyone else and tell them to fix it, that isn’t leadership. The Sequestration was put in place by a Congress led by then Majority leader, Nancy Pelosi, to force a vote on Republicans to raise taxes. They have basically held the Military and others as political hostages for the last two years to get President Obama’s tax increase. They played it perfectly. They knew they could make it so poisonous, the Republicans would have to vote to raise taxes in order to save the Military and middle class, and ironically, blame them for the Monster they created. This is politics at it’s worse, all that matters to them is the power grab going on in Washington, DC. The American people are sick of the out of control spending! We are broke…and no, printing more money doesn’t make us wealthier!

2015 years 10 months ago

Mr T I have to agree with you.
The GOP and in particular Boehnner and the President had the opportunity in the fall to come to a grand agreement and didn’t.
But it goes further than that.
For well over a decade the Bush Tax cuts were justified by the GOP mantra of tax cuts are stimulative and you increase revenues that way.
Now the GOP is saying tax cuts have to be offset by spending cuts because cuts themselves don’t increase revenues.
In today’s You Tube/C-Span world many of your words come back to haunt you (Ask Romney about he 47%).

Now we have the debt ceiling that has been voted on and approved by both parties 74 times since Reagan – through 3 GOP Presidents and 2 Democrats. Through Dem congresses and GOP congresses. It was approved by Gingrich, Pelosi, Hastert, even back to Tip O’Neil.

And now we’re “stomping our feet”? I wonder of they’d be doing this for a President Romney?


2015 years 10 months ago

$1.2T is a big number – just keep in mind that the Federal Debt has been growing since the 1980s. Reducing the debt takes time and patience.
But what were the main driver of our debt?
Here’s one “take’ on that:


“By themselves, in fact, the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will account for almost half of the $20 trillion in debt that, under current policies, the nation will owe by
2019. The stimulus law and financial rescues will account for less than 10 percent of the debt at that
President Obama, however, still has a responsibility to propose, and put the weight of his office behind, policies that will address our key long-term fiscal challenge — preventing the relentless rise
of debt as a share of GDP that will occur under current policies.”

What most Americans do not realize is that both wars were fought with borrowed money – neither is part of the budget.
I have long argued that we should sell war bonds like we did in WWII – my guess is that once we saw how little money we raised we’d then realize that Americans don’t have much of a stomach for these wars.
And I’m all for tax cuts – if the taxes are no longer needed – unfortunately we cut taxes and never cut spending – NEVER.
Then President Obama came into office during a great recession. The resulting programs used to try to address the recession were ill advised at best.
The President has shown a lack of leadership – I agree. AS have the Speaker and Majority and Minority leaders in the Senate. Our politicians have taken being two face to a whole new level.
Revenues are as much a part of the problem as spending is – and no one has the guts to say it.


2015 years 10 months ago

you can kick the revenue higher than the White House occupant’s inflated ego.

But without significant spending cuts, the problem will not be fixed.

If memory serves me correctly, they did not sell War Bonds during the Southeast Asian conflict. Nor did they sell them during Bush 1’s foray into Desert Storm. Should have considered that for the most recent Iraq excursion as well as Afghanistan. Good idea, had they done it.

And to withdraw from Afghanistan, I saw a report in the Washington Post that the troops must destroy all material and equipment; donate it to Afghanistan; or incur $5 Billion to ship it home.

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree wholeheartedly that cuts have to happen in addition to revenue increases but I don’t hold my breath.
$5B to ship stuff home? Sounds cheap. Lets start now.

AfPakistan has defied the soviets and the Americans. It’s time we faced the fact that there are just some regions where they’d rather fight amongst themselves grow opium and recruit terrorists no matter what we or the Soviets do/did.
it’s time to move away from being the worlds Policeman.

Besides I feel all warm and fuzzy knowing our local Gendarmes have all the latest high tech gizmo’s courtesy of Homeland Security !


2015 years 10 months ago

thank you mike ! we need 434 more just like you in congress who
vote with common sense . we wouldn`t even be in this mess .

2015 years 10 months ago

I read the bill (courtesy of CNN .pdf) the morning of 01/01 while eating breakfast with my family.

It took all of 30 minutes.

187 pages sounds like a lot until you realize it’s triple spaced with 3″ margians and the formatting requires every line be numbered.

I bet if you formatted it like a news paper it’d probaly would take up a full page.

2015 years 10 months ago

Given how fast this thing was pushed through, how could anyone voting on it even have time to read it? Sounds like another piece of legislation passed through with irresponsible behavior by the ones who voted to pass it.

2015 years 10 months ago

I support this rep. but I do not understand why he’d push me off a cliff to honor my principals. We want the same things, but a dive off a cliff won’t get it for me. It was a bad choice.

Hopefully Washington will stop thinking about political parties and start thinking about what is best for the people.

Otherwise — its time to clean house.

Phil DiPietro
2015 years 10 months ago

Anoher self serving vote by the Congressman. This is yet another vote without logic designed to protect his job. When will he serve his constituents?


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