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Clay: Adult Moment Needed on Fiscal Cliff

• Eliminating the purchase of obsolete spare parts for all branches of the military would save $369 billion over the next decade.

• Fully implementing the reforms recommended by the bipartisan defense acquisition panel would save $270 billion.

• Realigning our nuclear arsenal to meet 21st-century threats would save $113 billion.

The American people expect Democrats and Republicans to leave behind the overheated partisan rhetoric from both sides that has often produced congressional gridlock.

I know that we can do this because the alternative of letting the country go over the fiscal cliff is unthinkable.

My Republican friends and I approach major policy questions from very different perspectives, but we share a common love for this country and a mutual responsibility to act like adults and carry out the people’s business.

After all, that’s why the voters hired us to do this job.

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., is a member of the Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

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