Fiscal cliff closing in

By Beau Ebenezer

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM CDT

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Unless the White House and republicans cut a budget deal by New Years day, citizens may see a huge tax increase and deep cuts in domestic and defense programs.

President Obama and members of Congress returned to Washington Thursday to continue negotiations.

Congressman Aaron Schock said the House has done its part, and now it's time for the Senate to step up.

"We have passed an alternative to the sequestration so we don't have these huge cuts hitting the defense apartment come January 1. And the Senate has not acted, we have not received a sequestration bill from the Senate, we have not had a tax bill from the Senate. So at this point, the House is really negotiating with itself. And as a House member, it's frustrating," said Congressman Aaron Schock.

One group that will see huge funding cuts if no deal is met is the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging in Bloomington.

The organization provides public transportation for older adults, along with meal assistance programs.

Failure to reach an agreement will result in $300,000 in cuts for programs under the Older American's Act.

"We are urging members of congress to reach a solution that is balanced with revenue as well as spending and that avoids these draconian reductions of services for people who need them the most," said Executive Director for East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging Mike O'Donnell.

Without an agreement, the agency will have to cut 30,000 meals for more than 6,000 adults.

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