KATIE GLUECK
politico.com
January 2, 2013

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said Wednesday that the United States is “headed down the road that Europe’s already on.”

“We’re always wanting to spend and promise and spend and borrow, but not cut,” the Republican lawmaker said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “We’ve got to get real about this. We’re headed down the road that Europe’s already on.”

Shelby was one of eight members — who hailed from both sides of the aisle — to oppose the Senate’s fiscal cliff offer earlier this week. He slammed the final deal for not tackling issues like entitlement reform. The agreement extended Bush-era tax cuts for families making under $450,000 a year and warded off sequestration for another two months but did not take serious action on the debt or entitlements.

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