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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Woodall Challenges President to Offer Irresistible Fiscal Cliff Deal

December 12, 2012
Press Release


(Washington, D.C.) – In a speech on the House Floor on Tuesday, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) urged President Obama to be more aggressive on spending cuts during his fiscal cliff negotiations with Speaker Boehner.  Woodall points out that while the President likely won’t budge on his support for tax increases on top income earners, he could include bold spending cuts and program reforms in his proposal as an effort to win bi-partisan support.  Woodall opposes any increase in income tax rates and could never support the “tax more and spend more” proposal that the President put forward last week.  But if the President is committed to raising taxes on the American people, Woodall asked the President to try to make it difficult for Woodall to say “no” by pairing those destructive tax increases with real and substantive reform to end federal deficits by reducing federal spending and reforming federal programs.

“Mr. Speaker, my challenge today to the White House, to my friends on the left: make it hard on me as a freshman and a conservative…lay out those tax increases right beside solutions to the real problem, which is spending, and make those spending reductions so large, and so helpful to the American economy, that I would have no choice but to agree to your tax increases so that we can save the country from the real problem, which is spending,” Woodall said.

Woodall points out that even with the large tax increases proposed by the President, the President’s budget never comes to balance.  The President’s “tax more and spend more” year-end proposal promises both higher taxes and never-ending federal deficits, a formula that Woodall committed to continuing to vigorously oppose.

Woodall’s entire speech is available by clicking here.