Raul Labrador Sole Idaho Holdout in Deal to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

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U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to board Marine One and depart from the White House in the early morning hours of January 2, 2013 in Washington D.C..
  • U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to board Marine One and depart from the White House in the early morning hours of Jan. 2 in Washington, D.C.

Three of four members of Idaho's congressional delegation chose not to push the nation over the so-called "fiscal cliff," for the time being.

GOP Rep. Raul Labrador cast a "no" vote late New Year's night, joining 166 other members of the U.S. House in a losing effort to halt a deal that saves the overwhelming majority of Americans from seeing their taxes go up like a New Year's skyrocket. GOP Rep. Mike Simpson joined 256 other members of the House in a bipartisan "yes" vote to approve the measure.

GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined the majority of the U.S. Senate to approve the deal, passed earlier in the day.

President Barack Obama hailed the measure and quickly hopped on a plane back to Hawaii to join his family and salvage what was left of their holiday vacation.

"The one thing that I think hopefully the new year will focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, a little less brinksmanship and not scare the heck out of folks quite as much," said Obama.

But the president warned Republicans not to use an upcoming vote on raising the debt ceiling to push for spending concessions.

"While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up through the laws they have passed. Let me repeat: We can’t not pay bills that we’ve already incurred."

As he boarded Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Obama said, "Happy New Year, everybody."