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Rep. Scott: the Fiscal Fight Is Not Over

Congressman Austin Scott told 13WMAZ Wednesday a fight over taxes and spending is not over, despite the House vote regarding the fiscal cliff late Tuesday.

Even though the legislation approved by the Senate and House resolved some automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, the first-term Republican acknowledged Congress and President Barack Obama will have more to deal with in the next several months, including the proposed defense cuts and sequestration. 

"Under this bill the sequester has been delayed 60 days. The sequester would have a major impact on Robins Air Force Base and both parties promised people that the sequester would never happen," according to Scott.

Speaker of the House John Boehner supported the package Tuesday night while Scott opposed it.

Scott said he would support Boehner's re-election as speaker on Thursday, despite their differences. "A tremendous amount of the criticism for Boehner is unfounded."  

The final House vote was 257 in favor and 167 oppsed. All of Georgia's Republican delegation opposed the measure, as did Democrat John Barrow.

The other Georgia Democratic members voted to approve the plan. They include Sanford Bishop, whose newly redistricted 2nd district includes Crawford, Macon, Peach, Dooly and Taylor counties and most of Bibb County.

Scott's new district, which takes effect later this month, includes Monroe, Jones, Wilkinson, Twiggs, Houston, Bleckley, Pulaski, Dodge and Wilcox counties and part of Bibb County.








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