VA Representatives: Fiscal Cliff Bill Only a Temporary Solution
Jan 2, 2013 03:50 PM EST
The nation's fiscal cliff fears are over—at least for the time being.
Virginia Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner both backed Tuesday's compromise bill, but when it came to a vote in the house that night, all but one Virginia representative opposed.
Tuesday's late-night vote did manage to avoid immediate spending cuts and tax hikes, but this compromise only solves some problems in the short term.
That's what led most of Virginia's congressional delegation—on both sides of the aisle—to vote against the bill. Ten of 11 Virginia Representatives in the house voted in opposition, including two of three democratic congressmen.
Some say not enough was done to address the national debt. And with regard to defense spending cuts that could have crippled Virginia's economy, they recognize the fight is simply deferred.
"They're going to have to still deal with them in a couple months from now," Geoff Skelley with the University of Virginia Center for Politics said to NBC29 over the phone. "Perhaps that explains why most members of the Virginia delegation felt like this deal didn't actually accomplish anything that will make things safer, you might say, for people here in Virginia."
Some familiar issues will come back before Washington lawmakers in March. That's when congress will face another fight over the debt ceiling, and simultaneously try to deal with funding the federal government and those major cuts in spending.
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Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
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