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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

"Ask Andy" Video Segment on the Fiscal Cliff

December 11, 2012
Press Release

“Ask Andy” Video Segment on the Fiscal Cliff

Rep. Harris responds to a message from Alan from Port Deposit, MD

Washington – Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the first installment of “Ask Andy” today, a video conversation with residents of the First District that focuses on issues important to them. In this video, Rep. Harris responds to a message from Alan from Port Deposit who expressed his frustration that both parties have not been able to agree on how to solve the fiscal cliff. 

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Below are some excerpts from the comments made by Rep. Harris on the fiscal cliff in the video response:

“Alan, I’ll tell you, I am frustrated too.  Throughout the campaign the President said we needed a “balanced approach” to address the fiscal cliff.  I assumed this meant a serious offer to control federal spending.  Sadly the proposal he is advocating isn’t balanced.  It raises taxes by $4.71 for every $1 in spending cuts.

“America’s debt and fiscal cliff exist not because our tax rates are too low, but because Washington has a spending problem and because our economy stalled.  Our hardworking Maryland families would be better served by a solution that promotes free markets and a limited and efficient government. If we cut wasteful government spending and implement pro-economic growth policies, we will be able to balance the budget and reinvigorate the stalled economy.  Tax revenues will go up without the need to increase tax rates.  I am willing to work across the aisle to get our economy growing again and balance our budget, but we need to work with people serious about solving our debt problem.”