Greensboro, NC -- Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said Thursday that he expects Republicans to "take some creative approaches" soon to find solutions to the so-called "fiscal cliff" crisis.
"There's a lot to play out in this, but I'd rather finish this sooner rather than later," Sen. Burr said in a one-on-one interview with WFMY News 2. "I'm confident that if we've got two willing partners, there's no deal that we can't achieve."
The question of willingness looms large, but Burr said if both Republicans and Democrats put "everything" on the table in terms of spending cuts and tax increases, they can reach a deal.
"Up 'til this point, we really haven't had two willing partners at the table," Burr said. "And my hope is that over the weekend, we'll get to that point."
Once that happens, he said, the ball will really get rolling.
"I think what you're going to see over the next 10 days is ... Republicans take some creative approaches, go further than we've gone to date, push the initiative, get on the offensive and actually make members of Congress vote on things," Burr added.
Any agreement will require compromise. For Burr, that means talking tax increases for America's wealthiest 2 percent.
"The question is, 'What else do we agree to?' If it means we can move forward [by agreeing to tax increases for the wealthiest 2 percent], I'll agree to that," Burr said. "But that's only if we're going to sit down at the table [with Democrats] and really negotiate reforming entitlements and reforming the tax code. These are all crucial to the long-term future of this country."
The rate of progress from here on out is up to President Barack Obama, according to Burr.
"I think that if the president realizes that it's his responsibility to set the pace, to put proposals out there [things will go well]," Burr said. "The way to negotiate is not to say, 'You give us this and we'll sit down and talk to you about the rest.'
"By the same standpoint, when we [Republicans] lay something on the table, there needs to be specifics. People need to know if we're proposing a trillion dollars worth of cuts, where are they going to come from? I think you'll see that clarity once we get somebody who's willing to sit and to truly negotiate versus to take the process and hold it hostage."
WFMY News 2 has spoken to all six members of the Triad's Congressional delegation. You can see what they've all had to say here
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Source: WFMY News 2
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