Sen. Hutchison talks fiscal cliff, immigration in final days in office

Senator leaving after 20 years in office

Author: Nicole Perez, Executive Producer,
Published On: Dec 18 2012 08:32:35 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2012 10:30:00 PM CST

With just days left on her term, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) is working to help Congress come up with a solution to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. That includes Republicans and Democrats reaching a deal together.

"To have more revunue coming in through tax reform, a fair taxation," Hutchison said in an interview with The Washington Post. "I think on the win side, we have to lower spending. Entitlements is where you have to really go for something that will keep Medicare and Social Security solvent and viable."

Hutchison also addressed complaints going back to the November election, when many said the Republican Party had excluded Hispanic voters. She said the party needs to be exclusive and let those voters know they are an essential part of the GOP.

She also talked about the need for Washington to make changes to the nation's immigration laws. 

Hutchison was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1993. She is the only Texas woman to hold that office. Hutchison did not seek re-election in 2012. Republican Ted Cruz was elected to the post in November.

You can watch Hutchison's full interview here: