Washington, DC -- As House Republicans in Washington, D.C. continue to discuss the fiscal cliff proposal, we wanted to hear from the elected officials representing the Triad.
News 2 spent hours today, reaching out to U.S. Representatives from the Triad because we wanted you to hear what they're doing in Washington.
First question: How do they plan to vote on the fiscal cliff deal and why?
"I'm leaning in favor of voting for the Senate version," said Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC). "I think it's time to do that. I mean, this can drag on eternally. And people need to have some sort of reliable accounting upon which they can plan their lives."
"I'm not in love with the deal. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to vote yet. I think that the concern that if we don't do something, the nation will be in an economy in the coming year is a real one," said Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC).
We asked both Coble and Miller why Congress always waits until the eleventh hour to vote on legislation?
"This seems to be the way Congress works or now, doesn't work. And I'm not sure how to change it except, you've got to vote people into office who do not take extreme positions, like what we've got now," said Miller.
"I think both parties can probably contribute to the blame for it," said Coble.
So, what have they done personally to change the culture of Congress and promote compromise?
"The House, as a group, has done a better job than the Senate has. The Senate has offered no budget in over three years. We have done our budgetary homework," said Coble.
"Every issue that I've ever worked on, I've been willing to compromise," said Miller. "I've asked publicly many times, why can we not just talk and see if we can't find common ground? And it just never happened."
News 2 also reached out to Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC). We didn't hear back from Watt. As for Foxx, her press secretary told News 2 she did not want to comment until there is a vote.
Watch News 2 at 11 and stay with digtriad.com for more on the fiscal cliff.
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