JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown says she is confident that the tax rate increases which take effect Tuesday will not become a reality.
“And even though I think the Congress is on life support, I think we’ll be able to pull it out,” Brown said.
She said ninety-eight percent of Americans will not see their taxes go up in 2013, confident that any deal the House passes will be retroactive and cancel out the triggered tax increases.
But not all your representatives are so sure that deal will be reached today.
Republican Congressman Ander Crenshaw says he needs to go through all the details of the new Senate-approved plan first.
“Until we see what is in that piece of legislation, it’s hard to know what we’re gunna do in the House,” he says.
For Crenshaw, he needs to see tax reform as well as spending cuts in that Senate plan to give it his support.
“Washington has a spending problem, and it seems to me we’ve got to deal with that sooner or later,” he says.
As far as spending goes, Brown said nobody is talking about the trillion dollars’ worth of spending cuts they passed last year.
“So we have started looking at how to tighten the spending side,” she said.
Brown said she isn’t worried that the House won’t pass something to prevent it. But when it’s going to happen, she doesn’t know. It could happen Tuesday or even as late as Saturday.
“The Speaker may be waiting on the new Congress,” Brown said with a chuckle.
The new Congress convenes for the first time on Thursday.
Crenshaw hopes the deal comes soon, before some of the effects of the changes trickle down.
“We may not face the drastic action that the stock market may take,” he says is a deal is approved today, because the market is closed.
Brown says she can't wait to get the fiscal cliff behind us so they can shift focus.
“The number one problem in this country is jobs,” she said.
She commended the Republicans for making that a big point in 2012.
Florida's Senators also don't quite see eye-to-eye. In the Senate's early morning vote, Republican Senator Marco Rubio was one of only eight to vote against the plan. Democratic Senator Bill Nelson voted in favor.