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7:18 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Barr Says Compromise On Fiscal Cliff Must Not Include Higher Taxes

LEXINGTON, Ky. - As a Congressman-elect, Republican Andy Barr has no say in what’s being discussed on Capitol Hill regarding the so-called fiscal cliff, but he told a group of business leaders in Lexington Monday how he would like to see the matter resolved. 

“Fiscal responsibility means real spending cuts now and revenues through economic growth…not higher taxes.” 

Barr was the guest speaker at the Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon.  He also called President Obama’s proposal to raise the tax rates on high income earners “math that doesn’t add up.”

Despite the impasse, Barr said he hopes a deal can be worked out before the deadline.

“In the spirit of Henry Clay we are going to have to compromise.  We don’t have a choice.  We have divided government.  We are going to have to deal with this.  The President wants higher taxes, Republicans in Congress do not.  But we’re going to have to come together.  I want to do so in a way that doesn’t impair growth.”

Barr will be sworn in as Sixth District U-S Representative on January 3rd.