Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins Talks With Kansans About Fiscal Cliff

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-What you pay in taxes, and what health and retirement benefits you might receive hang in the balance as Republicans and Democrats work to avoid the edge of the fiscal cliff.

They have three weeks to find a solution and at least one Kansas Republican believes we could see a standoff.

If no compromise is found, a middle income family of four is projected to take a $2,000 hit in taxes.

While Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins toured three small businesses today to hear their concerns, others voiced their opinions about stubbornness in congress.

Protesters lined up outside Jenkins' office shouting for a compromise in Washington.

Former educator John Esau was among those concerned. "If my taxes go up due to no progress on the fiscal cliff, that will affect my life and many others so we are here to encourage our representative to do something about that."

Jenkins kicked off a three stop tour in Kansas Monday morning to hear various concerns from small business owners in the sunflower state.

Congresswoman Jenkins says she'll take the concerns from business owners in northeast Kansas back to Washington D.C.

At one point, the Topeka Capital Journal reported, she asked the group if they're willing to go over the fiscal cliff in order to force changes in entitlement programs like social security, medicare and veterans programs.

President Obama is standing firm on raising taxes on the richest americans to reduce the deficit. One BRB official said he's watching how the debate unfolds.

Daniel Welch, Director of Human Resources at BRB, said "'All the experts say that if we increase tax cuts and decrease spending, we will be faced with another recession and I don't think anyone wants that."

Another concern is how potential spending cuts could impact the proposed $1.14 billion National Bio and Agro Defense Facility in Manhattan. Jenkins is optomistic saying, "It's a matter of national security and the number one priority of the federal government."

Jenkins made stops today in Topeka, Leavenworth, and Ottawa. In Washington, both sides say the lines of communication are open.