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Senator Tim Kaine stops in Salem, talks sequestration


Senator Tim Kaine stopped in Salem today.

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 issues."

He says they will vote next week on how to proceed.

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