Georgia's US Senators on Tuesday released statements explaining their votes for the "fiscal cliff" package approved by the Senate early Tuesday.
Both men said they had concerns about the package and the way the deal was cut. But both men said the deal between the White House and Congress was worth it because it protects most Americans from a tax increase.
The senators, both Republicans, both said President Obama and Congress need to get serious now about spending cuts, including trimming entitlements.
The deal passed the Senate 89-8 early on New Year's Day and faces an uncertain fate in the U.S. House.
"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."
"The Senate voted on a deal to avoid the worst of the fiscal cliff by compromising on tax provisions and delaying implementation of the sequester. This deal is far from what this country needs, but I cannot in good conscience allow taxes to be raised on all Americans and send our economy into turmoil.
"While I am pleased that most Americans have been saved from an increase in taxes, I won't be satisfied that the Senate has finished its work on the fiscal cliff until significant spending cuts on discretionary and entitlement spending have occurred.
"The president failed to negotiate a deal to reduce our debt, but I, like other Senate Republicans, look forward to the very real opportunity to negotiate substantial, meaningful spending cuts in the coming weeks."