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Rokita: U.S. Must Cut Spending

1/2/2013


Todd Rokita (file photo)

The United States must rein in its spending. That’s the assessment of Fourth District Congressman Todd Rokita.

The Republican voted against the bill designed to address the fiscal cliff issue, citing the nation’s growing debt as the real problem. Rokita says the proposals over the past few weeks were good tax reform measures, but more needs to be done. He says it also did not prevent tax increases associated with the federal Affordable Care Act.  He says spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be addressed to reduce the deficit.

Rokita thinks that will happen only when enough people are willing to have the country live within its means. Rokita also wants to take a closer look at U.S. defense spending. He says the Pentagon’s budget is easier to address than entitlement programs, which automatically increase with more people entering them each day.

The Fourth District representative says even though defense is the federal government’s highest priority, current spending is sloppy. Rokita says he’s aware Indiana has many defense contractors within its borders, but he thinks the efficient and productive companies will continue to be around.

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