The United States is “poised to be a dominant power in the 21st century,” despite the fiscal cliff it faces, according to Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.).

Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Roemer said that American unity and strength is the only thing that can successfully resolve the fiscal cliff Congress and the White House will take on in the upcoming weeks.

Unless Congress reaches an agreement, the fiscal cliff — a package of tax increases and spending cuts — would push the economy into recession and drive the unemployment rate to 9.1 percent next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  

Roemer said all citizens — not just politicians — are necessary for a long-term fiscal solution.  

Americans are needed “to weigh in and tell their legislators: ‘We want you to put ideology in the background and work principally together to make this country stronger to create jobs and get our fiscal house in order,'” said Roemer.