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Alabama lawmakers divided over fiscal cliff bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRC) -

Senator Richard Shelby had some tough words Wednesday about passage of the fiscal cliff bill.

This morning on "Fox and Friends" Alabama's U.S. Senator said the deal was bad and that there are not enough cuts to spending.

Senator Shelby says President Obama missed a great opportunity to do, what he called, "a big thing." Shelby wanted to see deeper spending cuts, entitlement reform and a reduction of the country's debt. His criticism also extended to fellow Republicans who voted for yesterday's deal.

"I think it was a mistake that they did it. The overwhelming majority of the House, the Republicans, understood what this was. They had a chance to reflect on it. I was proud of 'em, but the one's that voted for it I think they will rue the day," Shelby said.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama voted for the fiscal cliff bill yesterday.

Sessions' office had no comment today on Senator Shelby's remarks. They said he stands by the statement he released after his vote.

Senator Sessions said the bill's enactment will "end a long period of uncertainty that would weaken or even reverse economic growth. Now, it is important that we place our focus directly on the real cause of our nation's looming debt crisis: the continued surge in spending."

Meanwhile, in the House vote, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Alabama's lone

Democrat in Washington, was the only Alabamian voting for the fiscal cliff bill.

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