Congressman Bob Gibbs was at a town hall meeting at the John McIntire Library in Zanesville on Tuesday night discussing the nation’s debt.
Gibbs, who represents the 18th district of Ohio, said in order to eliminate the country’s deficit there needs to be a budget in place, otherwise they are spending money with nothing to show for it. He said continuing resolutions are not going to solve the long-term issues that need to be addressed.
"It’s kind of like someone getting paid on Friday night, going to the bank and cashing their check, going out and having a good time all weekend and then you wake up Monday morning and you don’t have any money," said Congressman Gibbs.
He said they were able to pass a budget for the 2012 fiscal year beginning October 1st and plan to cut $6.2 trillion over a ten year span. He said this will put the country back on path to a balanced budget. He is also working on job development.
"We have to prioritize and make investments that help grow the economy and also provide safety nets for people who truly do need them, but I’d rather have people getting a pay check then getting a check from the federal government for not working," said the Congressman.
He said both sides of the aisle realize cuts need to be made and believes they are moving in the right direction.