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Wed January 2, 2013

New Mexico Lawmakers Vote Along Party Lines For 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal

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New Mexico's congressional delegation voted along party lines Tuesday on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

NMTelegram.com reports Senate Democrats Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall approved the Senate bill early on New Year's Day... House Democrats Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan voted for the measure late last night.  Republican Steve Pearce was the only New Mexico congressional delegate to vote against it, saying in a statement that President Obama wanted to raise taxes and spend more.

Senator Udall says the measure delays federal budget cuts for a short time and that another battle over long-term cuts is on its way.

Representative and Senator elect Martin Heinrich says he didn't approve of all the parts of the bill, but that it was necessary to prevent the fiscal cliff.

Representative Lujan called the plan far from perfect but stressed the need for maintaining the budgets of  Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.