U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall is still hammering away at the White House, as part of the political fight over the fiscal cliff.
In a floor speech, Woodall urged President Barack Obama to be more aggressive on spending cuts as part of the negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner.
Woodall said he could not support a raise in income tax rates but said that if the president is committed to the idea of higher rates for top income earners, he should pair the proposal with spending cuts. Reducing spending, Woodall said, would make it more difficult for him to say no to a measured approach.
"Mr. Speaker, my challenge today to the White House, to my friends on the left: make it hard on me as a freshman and a conservative ... Lay out those tax increases right beside solutions to the real problem, which is spending, and make those spending reductions so large, and so helpful to the American economy, that I would have no choice but to agree to your tax increases so that we can save the country from the real problem, which is spending," Woodall said.
The Republican from Lawrenceville said the debated tax increases by themselves will not bring the budget to a balance. Moreover, the president's proposal, which he described as a "tax more and spend more" plan, would create never-ending deficits, which Woodall is committed to opposing.