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U.S. Rep. Diane Black speaks to local citizens Monday

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By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Sixth District U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, said that Wilson County residents as well as most Americans are frustrated with high jobless rates and a government that spends more than it receives during a town hall meeting Monday night.

Black held the meeting at the Wilson County Board of Education in Lebanon and invited citizens to speak their concerns.

People are frustrated, they are just frustrated that we have growing debt and that we have jobless rates and theyre just frustrated with the way things are going, she said.

Black noted during the recent trip through her district where she held meetings in Wilson, Sumner and Robertson County, she has been assuring her constituents that she is working for the hard-working taxpayer.

She said the American people are frustrated with the current policies of President Barack Obamas administration and said the unwillingness of the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate and the President to work with Republicans is preventing many things from being done.

Its very difficult to get things done with an unwilling partner in the Senate and an unwilling partner in the Presidency, Black said.

Black said visiting with citizens and business owners in her district is a key part of representing the people. She said the input and opinions she receives from people in the 6th District allow her to figure out what her constituents want her to do in Congress.

Also, Black said she had not seen the budget proposal released by Obama on Monday, but noted it was a budget that spends more than what you bring in. She said Americans are deeply frustrated with the fact that the federal government is spending more than its revenues.

As a member of the House Budget Committee, Black said the place where cuts need to be made is in discretionary spending. She indicated the mandatory spending accounts for 62 percent of the federal budget.

She likened the mandatory budget to auto pilot and said laws must change in order to change the mandatory spending portion. She also said there may be things she likes in Obamas proposed budget and things she doesnt like.

However, she said shes heard the budget continues to call for more federal spending than revenues.

Weve got to be serious about saying this budget process cannot just go on the way it is where we continue to spend more than we bring in and until you deal with the mandatory side of it, its just not going to happen.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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