Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/18/2012 06:09:37 AM PST
Updated: 11/18/2012 02:38:24 PM PST

Rep. Gary Miller said he believes Congress can avert the “fiscal cliff” without new taxes or defense cuts.

The term “fiscal cliff” refers to scheduled federal tax increases or automated budget cuts scheduled to go into effect with the new year.

Legislators said they spending cuts – called “sequestration” in government-speak – were not actually intended to go into effect but Congress has thus far failed to agree on a better plan to cut the deficit.

The Congressional Budget Office has warned the combined effects of tax hikes and spending cuts could suck hundreds of billions of dollars from the economy and sink the United States into a new recession.

Congress is scheduled to return to work Tuesday. Miller said its imperative for Congress to make a deal by year’s end.

“We can’t postpone that. It has to be dealt with now,” he said in a telephone interview on Nov. 8.

Miller, R-Brea, defeated fellow Republican state Sen. Bob Dutton this past Election Day. Miller will represent the new 31st Congressional District, which ranges from Upland to Redlands.

When Miller returns to work, he will rejoin a Republican-controlled House of Representatives that must somehow reach an accord with the Democratic-controlled Senate and newly-reelected President Obama.

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