U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the following statement today regarding his no vote on the fiscal cliff deal:
"While I am relieved that taxes will not be raised on 98 percent of Americans and that the farm bill will be extended for another year, this bill had serious flaws. This legislation included extraneous, unnecessary tax extenders that were not relevant to resolving the fiscal cliff and should not have been included.
"In addition, the two-month sequester postponement was merely a fig leaf. The House had a separate bill that would have postponed the sequester for one year while implementing meaningful additional spending reductions, which would have gone a long way to helping cure our nation's spending woes.
"For these reasons, I voted no on this bill. Washington's out-of-control spending remains our country's greatest problem, and this bill did not address that crisis. I look forward to working with my House colleagues on legislation to put our nation back on a sound fiscal path."