|Published:||Aug 23, 2011 3:37 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 23, 2011 3:37 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Congressman Connie Mack brought the budget debate to the people Monday, with a town hall meeting in Fort Myers.
Mack says he couldn't support the government's debt deal, because it didn't do enough. Instead, he pitched his "penny plan" to a town hall of hundreds. Mack says it would cut one cent from every dollar the federal government spends each year until the budget balances.
"I do think this is a way for us to solve our long-term fiscal problems and get back to a balanced budget, cut spending, get government back in line into where it should be," Mack said.
Supporters like the plan's goals of balancing the budget and reducing spending.
"It takes a lot of time to correct this, but its all about jobs," said Greg Rasmussen.
Creating jobs to help the economy was also big topic, with people some asking the government to do less to make that happen.
"Its one thing I would ask you to please do, to work toward reducing the regulations that small business have to work against," one attendee asked Mack.
While the crowd was largely friendly to Mack's ideas, there were opposing views in the audience.
"Why are you taking a big bite out of the active military and retired military personnel and disabled and those receiving social security to pay for a tax break for the wealthiest one percent of Americans?" one man asked.
Mack says Washington needs to work on all of it together, which hasn't been easy so far.
"So far the one thing Congress has proved is, we can't agree on anything," Mack said.
Mack says his "penny plan" is gaining support, with 60 co-sponsors in the house, and several more in the senate, including republican Marco Rubio.
Under the debt deal, Congress needs to come up with a plan for spending cuts by November.
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