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TN reps don't support fiscal cliff deal

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Uncertainty remains over when or even if the House of Representatives will take a vote to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, but Tennessee's congressmen already have their minds made up.

Although the Senate passed a plan overwhelmingly, many local leaders have huge concerns about it.

"The bill that has come over to us from the Senate is not one that I can support in its current form," said U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN.

The deal approved by the Senate early Tuesday includes a tax hike for people who earn more than $400,000 a year. And for some Tennessee Republicans, that's a deal breaker, especially without some serious spending cuts.

"What you are doing is raising taxes to the tune of $620 billion, but you've got about $15 billion worth of spending restraints. And that is not what our constituents wants to see. They know we have a spending problem. It is not a revenue problem. They want the attention to be on spending cuts first," Blackburn said.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-TN, has some of the same concerns.

"This is a totally unacceptable proposal that will do nothing to address government's reckless spending addiction. Unfortunately, it seems that once again politics have trumped sound policy. My constituents expect more than this, and I will not vote for it," DesJarlais said in a statement.

Both of Tennessee's U.S. senators - Republicans Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker - voted to approve the fiscal cliff deal.

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