Franken, Klobuchar support fiscal cliff deal

Published On: Jan 01 2013 09:28:23 PM CST
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

Minnesota's two U.S. senators voted for a compromise bill meant to avert the fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and sweeping spending cuts.

The Star Tribune reports Tuesday that Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken both backed the measure, which passed the Senate after midnight on New Year's Day. The vote was after the midnight fiscal cliff deadline, and the bill now awaits a House vote that may come later Tuesday.

Franken, up for reelection next year, expressed reservations but praised the bill's extension of tax cuts for the middle class and unemployment insurance. He says he was glad it doesn't cut safety net programs.

Klobuchar also says the bill was worth supporting but that she wanted a more comprehensive mix of new revenue and spending cuts.