Udall said he is remaining positive on the possibilities of Washington during the fiscal cliff trouble.
"I share people's frustrations," Sen. Udall told 9NEWS. "I was pushing last August for us to get to work ... We made a down payment on New Year's Eve in the Senate - 88 senators joined me in voting for the fiscal cliff deal - we cut some spending a year-and-a-half ago during the debt ceiling debate, now we've got some more work to do. And that's the number one job for me: I'm reaching out to the new Congress. We've got a new start. We have about 15 new senators ... I'm going to work hard. We're going to find a way to get this done."
Udall recalled a famous quote from Winston Churchill that says "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried."
"There's that old saying: There are two things you don't want to watch get made: Sausage and legislation. With all of that said, I wouldn't have written the bill that was written. It was a very imperfect process," Udall said.
Udall said the biggest hurdle facing Congress right now is figuring out how they are going to find the revenue to pay for all the programs.
"If it was easy, we would have figured this out," Udall said. "But, I'm going to stay at it. We're going to get this done, I have no doubt."
Udall, however, was rather upbeat with the new wind energy credit included in the fiscal cliff bill. There is a tax credit for producing electricity from wind mills, a tax credit for buying electric-powered motorcycles, and tax rebates to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands from a tax on rum imported into the United States.
"The wind industry does not want support in perpetuity," Udall said. "They want discussions about phasing out the tax credit at some point."
However, Udall was quick to emphasize one point.
"It's important to remember that the other energy sectors all have tax support in the form of credits and deductions and incentives, and those are all permanent," Udall said. "The wind-energy industry has always been subject to a temporary set of incentives and yet it's the future of our energy systems. It's an important part of the energy strategy that I support."
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