Owens Says Partial 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Likely

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Will Congress manage to avoid the fiscal cliff?

North country Congressman Bill Owens says the answer is likely yes -- and no.

"We're hearing that it will be a small deal and it will probably affect tax rates," Owens said.

"It will not impact any of the other aspects of the fiscal cliff," he said. Drastic cuts are expected in federal civilian and military spending.

Owens said he does expect a deal on taxes will be reached by midnight Monday.

"I think that that's quite possible and I'm hopeful that, in fact, will happen."

Some of the looming cuts could affect the north country's airports.

CBS reports 7,000 Traffic Security Administration (TSA) workers could lose their jobs because of the cuts, which could force some smaller airports to close.

Owens doesn't think that will happen here because airports in the region aren't open 24 hours a day anyway and could probably get by cutting back on hours, rather than closing.

"The people who are going to get hurt in this are the average citizen," he said.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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