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Sen. Herb Kohl cast last vote for fiscal cliff deal before term is up


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAQ) - The U.S. Senate met for the last time Monday with Wisconsin’s Herb Kohl as one of its members.

The Democrat Kohl is stepping down after 24 years representing the Badger State.

Kohl may have cast his final vote just after midnight on New Year’s Day, when the Senate passed the compromise which averts the fiscal cliff of massive tax hikes and deep spending cuts.

Kohl and Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson were among the 89 senators voting in favor of the measure.

Only eight senators voted no.

Kohl did not make a statement on his vote.

Johnson said he was hoping to extend tax cuts for everybody – but he says the compromise will avoid a major tax hike for 99-percent of Wisconsinites.

Madison Democrat Tammy Baldwin also voted for the fiscal cliff compromise in her final action after 14 years in the U.S. House. She’ll be sworn in tomorrow to replace Kohl as Wisconsin’s newest senator