The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal late Tuesday to ease portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to the Huffington Post.
How did our local representatives in Congress vote? The South End's U.S. Represenative, Rep. Michael Capuano, (D-Somerville) supported the measure.
"I am very disappointed that a more comprehensive and balanced agreement could not be reached and I am concerned about how future negotiations over spending will play out," he said in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon. "I recognize however, that inaction on the fiscal cliff poses a great risk to our economy. Because of that reality, I voted in favor of the Senate bill."
The compromise was approved by the Senate at 2 a.m. Tuesday, and despite talk of rejecting it, the House ultimately passed the bill by a vote of 257 to 167.
Sens. Scott Brown and John Kerry both supported the measure in the Senate.
"Just voted for the fiscal cliff bill," Brown said on his Facebook Page at 1:55 a.m on New Year's Day. "Not the full answer but a small step forward. A lot of work next session. Good luck."