Sen. Richard Shelby told CNBC on Thursday that he voted against the "fiscal cliff" deal because it didn't solve anything but move us from one crisis to another in "less than" eight weeks.
Shelby was referring to the fact that the bill now signed into law only delayed the automatic spending cuts known as the "sequester" for two months.
This sets the stage for a new round of negotiations between President Barack Obama and Republicans over how to reduce government spending and shrink the deficit.
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"I believe it's going to be tougher [this time]," Shelby said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "I hope the president will get involved."