Minnesota senators sound off on fiscal cliff deal

8:57 PM, Jan 1, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - In a 2 a. m. vote on New Years Day, Minnesota's senators voted to support a compromise on the fiscal cliff.

"This is not how we should run our government. This is drama. Unnecessary drama," said Republican representative Michele Bachmann.

The last-minute deal extends tax cuts for the middle class and raises taxes on individuals earning more than $400,000 per year.

Spending cuts, will have to wait.

"It means there is a lot more work to do in 2013," said Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar by telephone Tuesday. "At the same time we did what we needed to do so we don't put the economy back into a spin."

"I knew there would have to be a compromise and I felt this compromise was good enough," added Democratic senator Al Franken.

Good enough but far from perfect.

On spending cuts, the Senate granted themselves a two month extension, kicking the can down the road and opening the door to even more drama.

Senator Franken believes the constant budget battling is a distraction from other important issues like immigration reform, education, energy and climate.

"I'd love to be doing policy rather than having these continual crisis on fiscal matters," said Senator Franken. "It's crowding out the ability to address these very important things. That's really my frustration."

Frustration is something shared by both Minnesota senators.

"I'm someone who likes to get things done and to think that people have to wait until the 11th hour every single time with these deals is outrageous," said Senator Klobuchar.

At the time of publication, the House of Representatives still had not voted on the Senate compromise.

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