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January 2nd, 2013
10:58 AM ET

Rep. Blackburn: Last minute fiscal cliff deal 'was a crisis of Harry Reid's making'

The House of Representatives passed the Senate's fiscal cliff bill around eleven o'clock last night, with 85 Republicans crossing the aisle to vote for the measure.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn is one of the 157 Representatives that decided to vote against the bill, and she joins Starting Point this morning to discuss her decision and to explain the nature of House GOP negotiations about the legislation.

"We had a very spirited debate, as you can well imagine, but it was healthy, it was good and members of the House, Republican members of the House decided was we are done with kicking this can down the road," Rep. Blackburn says. "This was a crisis of Harry Reid's making. It was because of the inaction in the Senate that we found ourselves here on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day taking these actions, so the House is saying no more."

Blackburn also weighs in on the upcoming negotiations over the debt ceiling, the sequester and the budget resolution, emphasizing that she will be focusing on cutting government spending.

"Compromise is not a dirty word, but what is, is back room deals. The era of back room deals are over," Rep. Blackburn says. "This administration needs to realize they cannot continue to spend money they've already spent. We are going to have very spirited, very thoughtful debates on cutting what this government spends."

 

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