Barr Hopes For Temporary "Bridge" Over Fiscal Cliff

Nov 12, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - 6th District Congressman-Elect Andy Barr says he’ll take get serious when it comes to cutting spending as Congress deals with the so-called Fiscal Cliff, but action needs to be taken in the lame duck session. 

Barr made the remarks on KET’s One To One with Bill Goodman this week. In the meantime, however, Barr urged members of Congress to create a temporary fix.

"If they don't do anything about this, we're looking at an over-half-a-trillion dollar increase in taxes on the American people on January 1st. We're talking about draconian cuts in our national defense spending that could ultimately impact the Bluegrass Army Depot and Bluegrass Station in our jobs there, so there's got to be something done at least on a temporary basis during the lame duck session  to give us a little bit of breathing room so that we can deal with the big decisions," Barr said.

Barr defeated Congressman Ben Chandler in Tuesday’s election and has vowed to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats to address the fiscal cliff and other pressing issues.