Tue., April 19, 2011 2:07pm (EDT)

Scott Gets Earful From Constituents
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Congressman Austin Scott answers questions from constituents at Town Hall meeting in Macon (photo Josephine Bennett)
Congressman Austin Scott answers questions from constituents at Town Hall meeting in Macon (photo Josephine Bennett)
After his first 100 days in Congress freshman Representative Austin Scott is back meeting with constituents in the 8th District. Most of the 60 people that showed up for today’s Town Hall meeting in Macon had one thing on their minds. Nearly every question centered on the federal budget.

On the heels of Standard and Poor’s negative rating this week of U.S. debt, nearly everyone wanted to know why Congress only cut 38-billion dollars.

Scott told them he was willing to cut 100-billion or more. But he says cuts alone can’t solve budget issues.

“My frustration as a Congressman is that we don’t talk enough about GDP growth, which is what it takes to get us out of this mess. We can’t cut the budget far enough, fast enough to solve these problems.”

Scott told farmers in the room he will make sure 3-billion in cuts to the United States Department of Agriculture do not include safety nets for commodity prices.