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Arizona legislator Schweikert blasts fiscal deal

Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.)

PHOENIX -- Arizona Congressman David Schweikert said the nation avoided the fiscal cliff but is still heading for dangerous territory.

The United States House approved the Senate package that stops huge middle-class tax hikes and across the board spending cuts from taking effect.

Schweikert, a Republican, opposed the package because he said it will only add more debt load onto the nation.

"We had a president who kept demanding a balanced approach. His own deficit commission said for every dollar in revenue we should have three dollars in spending cuts," Schweikert said late Tuesday night.

"Guess what his balanced approach does? Spends more money. We're going to run another trillion-dollar deficit this year. Are the Democrats and the president going to tell the truth on what they're willing to do to reduce those crushing numbers?"

Arizona Republicans Jeff Flake, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and Ben Quayle also voted no on the fiscal-cliff package. Arizona Democratic Congressmen Raul Grijalva, Ron Barber and Ed Pastor voted in support of the package.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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