This month U.S. Senators and Representatives are home to meet with the people – the voters.
After the intense legislative session of congress, there are plenty of questions to ask them.
On Tuesday, Senator Mike Crapo was in town. He’s been in the forefront of the budget fight, working as part of a bi-partisan group of Congress dubbed “The Gang of Six.”
The newly unveiled Centennial Monument in Ucon commemorates 100 years of hard work in creating what the town is today.
Crapo came out to see it Tuesday saying that hard work is something to which Congress needs to return.
“People are very disturbed at what’s happening, and frankly, they’re very concerned about the reaction of Washington,” said Crapo.
He said during this session in Congress feedback from his constituents increased five-fold.
“We should have been aggressively focusing on this years ago, and finally when we face this crisis, we worked right up until the very last day before we were able to come to a resolution. And the resolution was not as strong and powerful as it should have been,” said Crapo.
Crapo ultimately supported the finished budget agreement saying it’s a step towards avoiding a national crisis. But he’s not entirely happy with the outcome yet.
“It was only about half as good as it should have been. But it will, in my opinion, help us to move forward now and help us to take the next steps,” said Crapo.
The senator said the government still needs to slash three trillion more dollars and cut taxes.
Until then, Congress can’t focus on job development.
“We have a long way to go as we deal with our fiscal policy right now. The “Gang of Six” proposal is still very much in play. I think it’s the best thing on the table right now,” said Crapo.
Part of the new budget plan includes a super-committee, which will be formed in the House and Senate to deal with further budget issues.
Crapo said he will gladly serve on that if asked by the senate minority leader.
Crapo spoke in Rexburg, Ucon, and Idaho Falls Tuesday.