Representative Collins Takes Office

January 5, 2013 Updated Jan 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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January 5, 2013 Updated Jan 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM EDT

Lancaster, NY (WKBW) - As Congressman Chris Collins took his Oath of Office, he told supporters "It's going to be a difficult time. Right now, we just kicked the can down the street again with the fiscal cliff -- and now with the debt limit in the next six or eight weeks."

The former Erie County Executive raised the bar on what he is hoping to accomplish for Western New York.

Representative Collins says Congress keeps avoiding solutions, and cuts have to be made in order to fix the budget.

Between the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling, Congressman Collins says the nation has a lot of work to do on the budget.

Collins (NY-27) says "To me, it's obvious, this country has a spending problem. We're running $4 billion a day deficits and asking China to pay for our government -- that has to end."

Collins, a Republican and fiscal conservative, says he would have voted against the fiscal cliff deal if in office.

Now, as the debt ceiling approaches, Collins says this country needs cuts.

Collins says "If you want three for me, it's the Department of Education, medicaid and food stamps."

During a ceremonial Oath of Office in Lancaster, Collins promised to pursue a bipartisan solution.

Collins also told supporters about the committees that he will sit on -- including the Small Business Committee, where he plans to take on Obama care.

"Talk about the cost of health care and how they're being asked to deliver health care," Collins says. "If they have less than 50 employees then they're not subject to Obama Care. But there's an awful lot of successful businesses that have more than 50, less than 500 employees that are subject to Obama Care."

Collins also will be on the agriculture committee. He is meeting with farm workers as early as Monday, to decide how to best represent dairy farmers in the 27th District.