Shuler pushes hard for fiscal reform

By Vicki Hyatt | Nov 26, 2012

As U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler’s time in Congress comes to an end, he’s as energized as he was upon first assuming the job in six years ago.

That’s because he senses Congress is on the cusp of achieving a plan that puts the nation on the path of financial stability, an issue he championed since he first decided to run for public office in 2006.

“I think a lot of progress has been made,” Shuler said of talks underway in Washington.

If a new plan is not crafted by the year’s end,  across-the-board automatic spending cuts will occur, and tax cuts enacted at the beginning of the decade will expire. The majority of the spending cuts will come from defense and Medicare, the later of which will put doctors and hospitals in a very difficult position, Shuler said.

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