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Utah delegation has a plan to avert fiscal cliff: delay

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Chaffetz isn’t putting his foot down on military spending, saying he’s open to more targeted cuts.

He says the most important thing is that a deal, whether it comes in the next few weeks or sometime in 2013, must include immediate reductions in actual spending, not just promises of future reductions.

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"If it doesn’t include real cuts now," he said.

"I’m going to have a near impossible time voting for it."

Utah’s federal lawmakers largely have the same goals. They want spending to decrease, the debt to fall and taxes to be made simpler. They also are unsure of how to get such a deal through a cantankerous Congress.

Asked how Congress will avoid the fiscal cliff, Bishop said: "I don’t have a clue."


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