Isakson issues statement on fiscal cliff vote

Johnny Isakson has voted in favor of averting the fiscal cliff, joining in with 89 other senators who voted in favor of the new bill. / File

Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator from Georgia, has issued the following statement in the wake of the 89-8 vote in the U.S. Senate for the fiscal cliff agreement.

"This 11th-hour negotiation is no way to run a country, but I voted for this agreement because it protects 99 percent of Americans from a tax increase, permanently protects tens of thousands of farmers and family businesses from having to pay the estate tax upon the death of a loved one, and permanently fixes the alternative minimum tax to protect some 30 million households a year from having to pay it. I am also pleased that this agreement reinstates the pay freeze for members of Congress. Now, it is time for the president to get serious about spending cuts and entitlement reforms, and I look forward to enacting significant measures in the coming weeks that will reduce our debt."

To read the entirety of the bill, click on this link to read the full text at CNN.