Kansas' all-Republican delegation split Tuesday on the bill that avoided sending the federal government over the so-called fiscal cliff.
U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran voted for the bill, and all four U.S. representatives voted against it. Those are Lynn Jenkins of Topeka, whose district includes Lawrence; Kevin Yoder of Overland Park, Mike Pompeo of Wichita and Tim Huelskamp of Fowler.
The 257-167 vote in the House came with 172 Democrats and 85 Republicans voting for the measure. Earlier, the Senate approved the bill 89-8.
President Barack Obama said he would sign the legislation into law. "This law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody," Obama said.
The measure prevents tax increases on most American taxpayers while raising taxes on people with incomes over $400,000 and $450,000 for couples.
Yoder said he couldn't vote for the bill because it "raises taxes without cutting spending and solving the debt crisis that will plague our nation."
But Moran said he voted for the measure because without it, all taxpayers would have seen an increase. "This bill protects 99 percent of all Americans," Moran said.
He said now Congress can focus entirely on cutting spending.
Roberts gave similar reasons for his "yes" vote. "While this deal is not the comprehensive solution I was seeking to America's debt crisis, delay or inaction on taxes would have only harmed our economy, damaged retirement savings, and penalized Kansans of all ages," Roberts said.
But Pompeo tweeted "Can't vote for this Fiscal Cliff deal as is. Too much spending, not enough cuts. And the wind tax credit is revived. No way. Needs amending."
Huelskamp voted against it, saying, "This is just another deal by Washington insiders — with no real solutions."
Jenkins had no immediate comment on her vote, but one day earlier issued a statement, saying, "Our autopilot spending is eating our country's fiscal health alive. If there is anything everyone should agree on, it is the best New Year’s resolution for Congress is to finally address our spending problem, and start by passing a responsible budget."