Wyoming Senator John Barrasso says spending cuts, rather than tax increases, should be the focus of efforts to avoid a ''fiscal cliff" budget deficit current looming for the federal government in January.

Barrasso says the problem with tax increases over the long term is that they simply encourage the government to spend more money, delaying a real solution to the deficit. Barrasso says the fiscal cliff could be avoided if the federal government were forced to balance it's budget on an annual basis, as Wyoming and other state governments do