Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) today issued the following statementafter voting against the Senate's measure to avert the fiscal cliff:
"After months of discussing how to prevent our country from falling off the fiscal cliff, we reached a deal that was not balanced in its approach. I have said from the very beginning that ensuring we do not go over the fiscal cliff should be a combination of tax reform coupled with spending cuts that are vital to the health of our nation.
"Leadership in both the House and Senate worked tirelessly to come up with an agreement to ensure taxes do not go up for millions of Americans. While I support that goal, it was ultimately not enough. For too long, House Republicans were told they would see a good-faith discussion on spending cuts. Yet again, we have been told no, that spending cuts will come next time.
"As I travel across the Second District, my constituents continue to ask when Congress will cut spending. My fellow Kentuckians understand that the real fiscal cliff is the one our children will fall off of -- in five years when they will be $22 trillion in debt.
"Throughout the economic recession, families and business owners across America have had to tighten their belts and make sacrifices. Our government needs to do the same. This measure, however, does not make a serious effort in making lasting fiscal reforms and therefore I cannot support it."