Johanns optimistic about "fiscal cliff" solution

Senator Mike Johanns remains optimistic Congress will find a solution to avoid the pending fiscal cliff and agree to a bridge that will give them more time to address the country's massive deficit and tax and entitlement reform.

Johanns told KNEB News while he recognizes how much work needs to be done in the next thirty days, he believes the chances are sixty to seventy percent that Congress will get the job done.

Johanns says any agreement on tough issues like tax and entitlement reform must have strict timelines six to nine months later for proposals to be presented for full debate. Several Republican senators and a GOP congressman said over the weekend they would abandon their non tax pledges to get an agreement. But Johanns says that does not mean there there is a majority of conservatives willing to say the same thing.

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