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Wisconsin Congressmen Weigh in on Fiscal CliffSubmitted: 12/06/2012
Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


WASHINGTON - Stop us if you've heard this one before - Republicans and Democrats are struggling to agree on a deal.

The Fiscal Cliff is under a month away.

We've heard from the President and national leaders, but what do northern Wisconsin congressmen think we should do?

Northwoods Republican Sean Duffy and central Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind each say they need to compromise with the other side.

But by the sounds of it, that might be a tough task.

"This is an offer that every Democrat in the House and the Senate voted against last year. The liberals in Congress said no to it," Duffy says.

"My guess is that we'll have to vote with one hand and hold our nose with the other because there will be some unpopular things that will be in it, but that's the definition of compromise," says Kind.

Republicans like Duffy are pushing for reform to entitlement programs like Medicare.

Kind and Democrats would like to see taxes go up on the very wealthy.

"I have no problem talking about how we put revenue on the table if we have substantial spending cuts and reforms to entitlements," says Duffy.

"There are some certain big spending categories that we have to address. Rising health care costs is the largest and fastest growing area of spending. I'd like to see us pay for the value of care, not the volume of care," Kind says.

That Fiscal Cliff hits at the end of the year.

If elected officials can't agree to a deal by the end of the year, it will trigger automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts.


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