Senator Tim Kaine stopped in Salem
He toured the Salem VA Medical Center
and talked about veteran care.
The Senator is a new member of the Senate
Armed Services Committee.
He's spending three days across
Virginia, meeting with the defense community and visiting military
installations. He says people across the state have serious concerns about the
sequestration cuts set to take effect March 1st unless lawmakers
come to an agreement.
"What I think we should do is find a
short term deficit reduction package of about $100 billion and we should find
it evenly between spending cuts and revenues and we should go ahead and do a
one year version where we save whatever would be saved already this year but
then we spend our time focusing on a fiscal year 2014 budget" said Senator
Kaine. "Let's just get back on a regular budget cycle, let's make our decisions
about spending cuts about taxes about deficit reduction as part of a normal
budget process. If we could just go ahead and show that we have good faith to
reduce the deficit in the short term and then get back on the regular budget
cycle, that's going to be the smartest way to deal with all of these budget
He says they will vote next week on how to proceed.