Rogers' Statement on Fiscal Cliff Deal
U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) released the following statement regarding the fiscal cliff deal presented by the U.S. Senate and led by Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The deal passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 257 to 167 and President Obama announced he will sign the deal.
"The fiscal cliff deal requires much more work, but the good news is it saves nearly all Kentuckians from an immediate tax hike. While the White House refuses to address our nation's overspending and $16 trillion national debt, this Congress must stand firm on fiscal responsiblity and hold the president to his promise for a "balanced" approach. Our nation's problem is not that we tax too little, it is we spend too much. While we avert many tax hikes tomorrow, the reality is that the fiscal cliff just got steeper. This deal is void of vital spending cuts and I can only hope the same bi-partisan spirit will carry on as we shift our focus to paying down our debt and reducing our deficit through meaningful reform."