Ms. SCHWARTZ. Our Nation is facing serious economic and fiscal challenges. We have seen economic recovery over the last 4 years, but we have work to do.
The fiscal policies that expire at the end of the year, known as the ``fiscal cliff,'' present a rare opportunity to set aside politics and find common ground to reduce our Nation's deficit in a balanced and fiscally responsible manner.
Actions we take must be based on our priorities and our values. It means strengthening the middle class and building economic opportunity. It means spending cuts and new revenues.
We will need to make tough choices, but there is a path forward if we are fair, if we are committed to our obligations to our seniors and our children, and if we recognize the importance of strategic investments to grow our economy now and into the future.
I was proud to be one of just 38 Members to support a bipartisan proposal by Representatives Cooper and LaTourette that included tax reform and spending cuts to reduce the Nation's deficit.
Let's move our country forward by taking responsible, meaningful, and timely action.