U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today released the following statement on reports that last Senate Democratic offer includes calls for higher spending and leads to no deficit reduction at a time of record national debt:
"It is frustrating to see Washington so close to a Fiscal Cliff which is avoidable.
"It would be irresponsible, however, to avoid the fiscal cliff with higher taxes that go to higher spending and results in no deficit reduction, as the last Senate Democratic offer reportedly does. I cannot support more spending at a time of record debt and deficits.
"I continue to fight for a common sense solution that does three things: first, actually reduces the deficit rather than adding to it, second, keeps middle class taxes from going up and doesn't impose significant new tax burdens on small business job creators, and, third, sets in motion a process to deal with the underlying problems through pro-growth tax reform and reform of the important but unsustainable entitlement programs.
"The American people are rightly frustrated that Washington is once again missing an opportunity to not only avoid this immediate Fiscal Cliff, but to finally address the underlying fiscal and economic problems we face as a nation."