With the help of the American people.
"Things can be saved," Bucshon said, adding he believed the next year-and-a-half will be "difficult."
Bucshon -- who represents Indiana's 8th District -- was the guest speaker during the June meeting for the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.
Since being elected, Bucshon, a Republican, has made several visits to Clay County.
"The main reason I'm here is to hear from you," he told those in attendance Tuesday.
Bucshon explained to the audience the three issues that concerned him the most, including taxes, regulation and the national debt, before fielding questions.
"People are uncertain about what's going to happen in the near future," Bucshon said regarding taxes. "We need to work toward ways to make our country more competitive.
"Businesses out there just don't know which direction taxes are going to go."
Bucshon added with the country inching closer and closer to the debt ceiling, citizens have expressed concern.
"We will be going across the debt ceiling no matter what we do," he said. "That is a significant issue worldwide. It's totally unclear what will happen because we've never actually gone over the debt ceiling.
"That uncertainty, I think, is hurting us. We can't continue to spend the way we are. We have tough choices to make."
Many asked Bucshon questions regarding the federal government, but most centered on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency Bucshon admitted he is not a big fan of.
"The people currently running the EPA, I think, are way out there," he said. "All of us, on both sides of the aisle, have problems with the EPA right now."
Many questioned the size and scope of the power the EPA has in addition to the switch at the end of the year from incandescent light bulbs to bulbs that use lower energy, as well as the clean air and clean water acts.
"They've got broad power," Bucshon said of the EPA. "It's very concerning. I didn't realize how much power those agencies had."
Bucshon added the more people speak out against regulations, the more might listen.
"The way, we as citizens can impact this, is in the court of public opinion," he said.
Bucshon also discussed health care reform and his view on it.
"I want to repeal it," he said. "It does have significant economic impact on small businesses."
Bucshon said several business owners, both large and small, that he has spoken with have all said they plan on dropping health care as an expense in the future.
"It will be cheaper for businesses to drop all insurance for employers and put them on a statewide exchange," he said. "We do not want the federal government to be the one that takes over this part of the economy."
Bucshon, however, said cooler heads are beginning to prevail in Washington, D.C., as elected officials are starting to see the problems the country faces in a clearer view.
"Getting past the political rhetoric will help," he said, adding he was "optimistic," and the American people have always found a way to take care of past problems.