Some Mid-South members of Congress weighed in on the Fiscal Cliff compromise passed by Congress:
"There were a lot of things in it that liked and there were a lot of things in it I didn't like but that's what a compromise is and that's what makes legislation all the time and you've got to do what's overall best and I think overall it was the right thing to do at that time particularly not to go over the cliff."
-Ninth District Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)
"This bill only makes the situation worse. It imposes job-killing tax hikes, does nothing to restrain spending, adds to our annual deficit, and increases our debt by nearly $4 trillion over the next decade.
"The problem in Washington is not that we tax too little, it's that we spend too much. That is why I recently supported the Spending Reduction Act, which passed the House before the holidays and would put in place mandatory spending reductions. It is what my constituents expect to see. They are demanding fiscal restraint."
-Seventh District Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
"Out of control spending is the reason we are $16 trillion in debt and, unfortunately, this deal adds to the problem. Allowing more revenue today and promising to look at cutting spending down the road is the oldest trick in the Washington book. Somehow, the day to cut spending never comes. I cannot support a deal that adds to our spending-driven debt crisis."
-First District Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)
"Many hours of negotiations went into crafting a deal to avert the so-called 'fiscal cliff.' I want to thank Speaker Boehner for his efforts to make the best out of a very bad situation. However, I cannot support the end result of the negotiations. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted this deal will add nearly $4 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. The only way we can truly avoid going over any fiscal cliff is by making fundamental and permanent reforms to end Washington's spending addiction. Permanent spending controls are needed to ensure this Congress, and all future Congresses, do not spend our children and grandchildren into oblivion."