John Barrow at 2010 campaign event
U.S. Rep. John Barrow from Georgia's 12th district released an official statement today, on why he voted against the fiscal cliff plan the House approved Tuesday night.
Congressman Barrow said:
"When we began discussions on getting our nation's finances in order, our mission was to go big - reform our tax code, cut spending, and put us on a long-term path to deficit reduction. The package we're voting on today doesn't achieve any of these goals. I can't support a plan that does nothing to address our debt, doesn't make the necessary cuts in federal spending we need right now, and sets us up for another fiscal cliff in just a couple of months. I'm glad negotiators answered our call to block a pay increase for members of Congress, but it's not nearly enough to put this country on the right path. This proposal isn't a long-term solution -- it just kicks the can two months down the road.
"Our nation's debt is unsustainable, federal spending is out of control, and without seriously reforming our tax code, families in Georgia and across the country, regardless of their income levels, will pay more in taxes than is necessary. We need bold action to ensure that future generations aren't saddled with our debt, but partisanship is holding us back. I'll continue to work with my colleagues in the House to address these issues, but the bare minimum, like his package, isn't good enough for the folks I represent."