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Saxby Chambliss discusses debt

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Georgia's senior U.S. Senator says leaders in Washington have to put the country's best interest over their party affiliation and get to work to solve the nation's debt crisis.

We caught up with Senator Saxby Chambliss at the Colquitt County Packers game Friday night.

He's leading an effort to bring Democrats and Republicans together to talk about ways to solve the problem.

Chambliss says the deficit is increasing by $1.5 trillion each year. He says the government must reform entitlement programs such as social security and medicare.

He doesn't want to raise taxes and says there are plenty of places Congress can cut spending.

"If we don't get our arms around the 14.5 trillion dollar debt, it's going to be left for our children and grandchildren which means the next generation will be the first generation ever to inherit an America not as good as their parents' America," said Chambliss.

Chambliss was part of the gang of six that worked on a long term-debt reduction plan. He led an effort to expand that group.

There are now 38 senators, 19 democrats and 19 republicans, who have agreed to work together on the debt.

Chambliss took part in a pre-game ceremony at Friday night's game in Moultrie to honor a former president.

Chambliss tossed a commemorative coin honoring Ronald Reagan.

The Ronald Reagan Centennial National Football coin toss will be held before games around the country all weekend.

It's part of a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth. He would have turned 100 back on February 6th.

 

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