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Duffy votes "no" to fiscal cliff deal


A number of republicans in the House of Representatives voted against the fiscal cliff deal. One of them was Congressman Sean Duffy.

Duffy says this bill is not the right one. Instead, he says Congress needs to focus on spending cuts.

The deal was one that split Wisconsin lawmakers and even caused divide within the Republican Party.
Members of congress had to act after the fiscal cliff deadline expired. But Representative Sean Duffy says the decision was not the right one.
"I think we could have had a better deal," Duffy told Newsline 9.
Instead, Congressman Duffy says spending cuts should have been addressed.
"If you're going to get revenue increases, for every dollar you should have two to three to four dollars of spending reductions over time. That would have been the better approach," Duffy added.
But not all republicans voted against the deal. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson says they were forced to make a decision.
"We weren't voting to increase taxes. We were voting to prevent taxes that were going to go up automatically. So we were voting to prevent tax increases on as many Americans as possible," Johnson said.
Johnson says the hands of the Republican Party were tied.
"The only power that republicans had in that negotiation was to limit the damage," Johnson said.
The deadline for spending cuts has been moved two months. Congressman Duffy says that just delays the inevitable.
"Those spending cuts were supposed to take place January first, and instead of having those cuts go forward right now, they've kicked that can down the road two months," Duffy said.
While, Johnson says it should have never come down to this.
"This should have been avoided by people seriously addressing the problem years ago," Johnson said.
Both Johnson and Duffy agree, the next few months come down to republicans and democrats working together, to address how to reduce the deficit and balance the budget.
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