GRAND CHUTE - Many lawmakers say despite the recent vote to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" there is much more work that needs to be done to fix the problems our country faces.
Some of Wisconsin's members of Congress told FOX 11 why they decided to vote the way they did.
Republicans, Senator Ron Johnson and Congressman Reid Ribble both voted for the bill to avoid the fiscal cliff. They told FOX 11 the bill wasn't perfect, but something needed to pass.
"Without enacting a bill into law, every Americans' income tax would increase. That would be, in just the first year, about a 500 billion dollar body blow to the American economy," said Johnson.
"It's made the tax law permanent so that there's a level of certainty, both in the American consumer and business owner," said Ribble.
Fellow Republican, Congressman Tom Petri voted against the bill. He told us that's because it didn't do enough. Petri said the changes to the tax code will only cover about eight percent of the revenue needed to fix the country's deficit.
"That provided an opportunity to come up with a package that addressed not just taxes, but also spending and that opportunity was missed," said Petri.
All three agree, however, this bill is not enough. They say they want to see President Obama, Democrats and their own party get serious about where to trim programs to get the budget back on track.
"Now the President's gotta come to Congress and we'll come to him with our ideas and we've gotta begin to cut spending," said Ribble.
The three lawmakers said areas like social security need major overhauls.
Johnson said the procedure to make this kind of vote also needs some work.
"Politicians should be held accountable for individuals items in pieces of legislation, rather than these great, big bills put together and passed in the dead of night," said Johnson.
The offices of Senator Herb Kohl and Congresswoman and Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin did not return our calls for interviews. Both Democrats voted in favor of the bill.
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