Mike Kelly discusses the pending fiscal cliff
He says deal is not close
Butler Eagle
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December 19, 2012

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd, of Butler said the main question he hears from constituents is: “Are you guys any closer to a deal?”

The deal is how Congress and President Barack Obama will agree to resolve the fiscal cliff issue regarding the federal budget.

They are seeking an agreement that avoids major tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to start in January.

However, since Kelly is not in the negotiations, he only knows what he hears from Speaker of the House John Boehner. And it doesn’t sound too promising.

“I’d say we’re as close as we were the day after the election,” Kelly said.

He said that he would prefer that the debate happen on the floor of Congress with the public watching rather than behind closed doors.

What he hears from people around the 3rd District is that they would not mind paying a little bit more in taxes as long as the government deficit decreases and a permanent solution is cast. However, they said they do not want to pay more if the government continues spending “foolishly.”

To fix the deficit, Kelly said revenue needs to increase and spending needs to decrease. To increase revenue, the tax code should be reformed, eliminating loopholes, he said.

He said that all he sees President Obama wanting to do is continue stimulus spending and increasing taxes.

“Those are dangerous things,” Kelly said.

He said that increasing the tax rates on the top income earners would not make a big difference in the deficit.

The congressman said that Boehner does a good job of negotiating with Obama.

“I have great respect for what he’s doing,” Kelly said. “He is trying every day.”