Rep. Rob Woodall Rejects Senate's Fiscal Cliff 'Deal'

It's "all dessert and no vegetables."

U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 8, a bill to address the so-called “fiscal cliff.”  Rep. Woodall voted for the original proposal in August but voted against the bill as amended by the Senate on Monday, Jan. 1.

The Senate’s bill is all dessert and no vegetables.  It puts into permanent law the campaign promise on which President Obama ran: ‘You can have all the government that you desire and you won’t be asked to pay even a penny for it.’  That promise is destroying America, and I will fight it with every fiber of my being.

Spending is the problem in Washington, not tax revenue.  Yet the Senate's bill does nothing to curtail spending.  In fact, it both eliminates previously passed spending reductions in some areas and chooses to create new and additional spending in others.”

Knowing that my district will rarely get everything it wants from this President and this Senate, I have always promised my constituents that I would take the small steps that I could get today in order to create a better fiscal future tomorrow.  When I am presented with a choice between a small step forward and nothing at all, I will always take the small step forward, knowing that I can saddle-up again tomorrow and try to get the rest.  But this bill--which chooses to spend even more rather than save even a penny less--does not meet the 'step forward' test.   

The Senate’s eleventh-hour deal fails to take even a baby step toward addressing America’s real problem—out of control federal spending.  In fact, it makes the spending problem worse.  Instead of coming together to work on spending, the President has focused all of his energy on raising income taxes.   Washington must do what all American families pressed against hard financial times do—cut spending.   My commitment is to continue to work with courageous partners on both sides of the aisle to do what must be done.  Working together, we can ensure that America’s best days are still ahead.


Do you agree with Rep. Woodall? Use the comment box below to respond.

Ray January 05, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Tut, tut, again, Rob… using the “Patch” to reach your base with looney declarations against The President. I do not hear you complaining about the pay hike that The President recently gave you. Why don’t you be a bigger man and refuse the additional salary until all the bills are paid. That would be the way to be a trailblazer instead of whining on the “Patch.” I watched and listened to the election quite closely and I never heard The President utter the quote you have attributed to him in this article. Can someone tell me exactly when and where this was said: “You can have all the government that you desire and you won’t be asked to pay even a penny for it.” or is this a figment of Rob’s overeager imagination. I wish it was true, because I for one, am still having trouble finding long-term work. Maybe Rob can wave his right-wing-wand and make things all better? “… will fight it with every fiber of my being.” … melodramatic, a bit, don’t you think, Rob? Are you going for a daytime Emmy while you should be doing the people’s work? And actually, Rob, “tax revenue” is the problem and it has been so since the Republicans under G.W. Bush decided to cut and cut tax revenue while starting two unfunded wars… Less Tax Revenue, plus more spending… gosh, I wonder who thought of that? Let’s blame the current President though. Again, where were you when G.W. Bush had his hand on the company credit card, Rob. Where?
Richard T. January 08, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Uh, Ray, how much has the debt limit gone up under 0bama? Uh, Ray, spending has always been the problem. Uh, Ray, When are youi left wing bedwetters ever goiing to stop blaming Bush? I didn't see his name on the last couple of Presidential ballots, or I'd have voted for him. Uh, Ray, maybe if you spent less time on the Patch and the Vent and more time burning shoe leather, you could find a job.


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