|By Bill Robinson, Richmond Register, Ky.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The first measure
The program already had a
Although it may have made him seem heartless, Barr said he joined 66 others in the 435-member
His vote was a way of saying, "Don't just go and add to the debt," Barr said. "Fix the problem so we don't have to borrow more when the next disaster strikes."
In just seven days,
In his conversations with Kentuckians over the past four years, Barr said many believed
The national debt has risen about
Even with interest rates near zero, servicing the national debt still costs
"If we don't make changes, by 2025, just the cost of
Changes must be made in those popular social programs or the federal government will not be able to keep the promises made to younger generations, Barr said.
In just three weeks,
"Sequestration," as the automatic cuts are called, "was a bad idea when it was enacted and is a bad idea today," he said.
Although many groups of first-term
He joined a bipartisan group of 30 other newly elected members that supports a series of spending cuts as an alternative to sequestration, he said.
The proposed cuts, outlined at a joint news conference and in a letter to Speaker
Members of the bipartisan group are more interested in pragmatic problem-solving than in following an ideology, he said.
That is a hopeful development after years of partisan bickering in
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