Bachmann Statement on Fiscal Cliff Vote

Created: 01/02/2013 8:11 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement after tonight's vote on the Senate’s fiscal cliff plan:

“I was hoping we would reach an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff that cuts spending and incentivizes job creation. In the midst of the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression, America is at a moment that requires big solutions to big problems. Instead, Washington politicians have engineered a last minute backroom deal that does not address America's jobs and debt crisis.

“Rather than a deficit reduction plan, the Senate sent us a grow government plan. I cannot support a plan that has billions in tax increases with no meaningful cuts in spending. It's time to solve problems rather than delay them.

“The answer to a $16 trillion national debt and 23 million Americans struggling to find work is not raising taxes to prop up more big government spending. We simply cannot demand more money from hard working Americans without changing the way Washington spends money. Small business owners and entrepreneurs will now be faced with new tax increases that will stifle job creation and economic growth. Combined with the burdensome Obamacare tax increases that just went into effect, it’s a recipe for an anemic recovery in 2013.

“For the sake of our children and grandchildren’s future, we must reject job-killing deficit spending and come together to find solutions that will reduce spending and lead to a positive economic turnaround.”