Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, left unresolved, the uncertainty of the fiscal cliff, with spending cuts and increased taxes, will exact real and permanent damage on the American people and on the American economy.
What we need is leadership--leadership that was lacking and that created the fiscal cliff in the first place--one that provides a balanced approach of spending cuts and increased revenues, one that is bipartisan and one that is aspirational.
Throughout the history of our Nation, we only experience job growth when we invest in our own people and in our own economy--in education, in scientific research, and in road and bridge building. To invest and to grow this economy and to grow jobs, we have to produce the kind of strategic investments that are required. We need to get to work now to avoid this catastrophe.