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Emerson discusses federal deficit, debt limit with residents

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson speaks to the Sikeston Rotary Club during a luncheon on Monday afternoon.
(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)

SIKESTON -- Options for raising the country's debt ceiling and other federal issues were discussed by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, 8th District, during a Sikeston Rotary Club luncheon Monday.

Raising the country's debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion is "an important issue we're discussing right now," Emerson said.

The discussion is not taking place in the best of environments, however. "Washington is, right now, probably as dysfunctional as it has ever been," she said.

On one hand is the President's offer to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years: $3 trillion in spending cuts and raising revenue by $1 trillion by "closing loopholes which would create more revenue," Emerson said.

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