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First look at Mid-South votes on fiscal cliff

(WMC-TV) –Today, we are getting our first look at the vote of each of our Mid-South lawmakers in the House of Representatives on the fiscal cliff deal.

First, let's start in Arkansas - where there was a divide among the GOP with Congressman Steve Womack voting yes on the deal. Congressman Rick Crawford cast his vote for no.

In Mississippi, there was a split down party lines. Congressman Alan Nunnelee and the other two Republican representatives voted No, while Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson voted Yes.

And in Tennessee, a split among the Democrats with Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper voting no and Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen voting yes. Cohen spoke with cameras about why this vote matters to Memphis.

"My district can't afford to wait a few days and have the stock market go down 300 points," Cohen said.

Just a few hours ago, Mississippi Congressman, Alan Nunnelee, released this statement on his opposition to the deal.

"Allowing more revenue today and promising to look at cutting spending down the road is the oldest trick in the Washington book. Somehow, the day to cut spending never comes," said Nunnelee. "I cannot support a deal that adds to our spending-driven debt crisis."

That deal is now on the President's desk waiting for his signature. There is no word on when that could happen, but we will be watching for developments.

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