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How would you fix the federal budget deficit?

Lindsey Smith
Michigan Radio
Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) reviews federal spending at a public meeting last month. The 'super comittee's' webpage was not up and running at that time. Now he's looking for ideas.

Congressman Fred Upton is looking for your ideas on how to reduce the federal budget deficit.

Upton is one of twelve lawmakers selected to serve on a special Congressional committee that will try to come up with a compromise on long-term spending.

Seven of the twelve lawmakers on the special committee will have to agree on a proposal in order to get it to the full Congress for approval. Last month, Upton called it “an enormous task.”

Upton Press Secretary Megan Kolassa She says they want people with ideas or opinions on how to reduce the deficit to send them via the committee’s new website.

“If you are a economics professor and have ideas on better economics of a particular issue. Or bigger ideas, whatever you have, we’re open to any of them.”

Upton will also take comments on his own webpage, at any of his offices, or over the phone.

You can watch the committee's hearing and get news about their progress a the website too.

Upton has called the federal debt is “unsustainable”.

Lindsey Smith helps lead the station's Amplify Team. She previously served as Michigan Radio’s Morning News Editor, Investigative Reporter and West Michigan Reporter.
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