Sen. Richard Shelby (R., Ala.) sharply criticized the fiscal cliff compromise Wednesday, saying it ignored the true spending problems Washington has.
"A bad deal, mostly about taxes and spending and ultimately borrowing," he said. "Very little cuts there … We need fundamental tax reform. We need to reform our entitlements. We need to look at the spending ledger. We're always wanting to spend and promise and spend and borrow, but not cut. We've got to get real about this. We're headed down the road that Europe is already on."
Shelby was one of eight Senators to vote against the deal forged between Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.). Others who opposed it included Sens. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rand Paul (R., Ky.).