UPDATED BY ANDREW KOCH: Senator Tom Carper was the guest speaker at today's luncheon of the Seaford, Laurel and Delmar Chambers of Commerce at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville. Carper talked about the national budget and sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that are going into effect because Congress couldn't reach a deal on cutting federal spending. He also talked about what he's doing in his new role as chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
Carper reiterated his calls for what he believes are the three things needed to solve the federal government's deficit problem: raise revenues as a percentage of gross domestic product back to the leversd they were at during the second term of the Clinton Administration; reform entitlements so the people who depend on them aren't left to fend for themselves, and make the federal government more efficient. He says he told President Obama the same thing during a Democratic Senate Retreat two weeks ago. Carper says that Democrats have been unwilling to compromise on entitlement reform, and Republicans have been unwilling to compromise on increasing revenue. He says both need to communicate and compromise more in order to break the partisan gridlock that has ground Washington to a near-halt.
Like Delaware's junior Senator, Chris Coons, Carper continues to emphasize that cyber-terrorism is the greatest threat to our national security. He described how China, Iran and other countries are trying to steal trade secrets and attack banks online.
Carper also talked about new opportunities for economic development in western Sussex County now that the Army Corps of Engineers has completed the Nanticoke River dredging project. His Sussex County coordinator, Karen McGrath, explained how the Perdue plant and an asphalt plant are both planning to expand after the dredging was completed prior to the February 15 environmental deadline.
ORIGINAL STORY BY KELLI STEELE
Delaware Senator Tom Carper will address members from the Seaford, Laurel and Delmar chambers of commerce during a luncheon at Heritage Shores Golf and Country Club today.
Sen. Carper will discuss the national budget and his new role as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee in the Senate.
The event starts at noon at Heritage Shores Golf & Country Club in Bridgeville
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