Palm Beach TownHall Today Rep Allen West says “We must change U.S. fiscal policy”

By: Michele Dargan – Palm Beach Daily News

U.S. Rep. Allen West discussed the federal budget, mounting deficits, taxes, jobs and security threats to the country Tuesday during a town hall meeting at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

West said the number one priority of Congress must be passing a federal budget. The deficits are mounting and the country cannot keep functioning with 41 cents of every dollar being borrowed, a debt of $14.7 trillion and a continued increase in spending, he said.

“The spending increase this year has resulted in a third record year of deficits in the United States of America,” he said.

About 200 people packed the parish hall as Mayor Gail Coniglio introduced West, a Republican whose District 22 includes Palm Beach.

Coniglio described West as an “active advocate” for the town as well as a friend, particularly on the issue the town’s beaches.

“As a champion of bureaucratic deregulation, he has brought a common-sense approach to loosen the handcuffs of the federal regulatory process,” Coniglio said.

Following a walking tour of the town beaches last spring, West led “a collective letter to the U.S. Corp of Army engineers demanding their cooperation to reduce the cost and permit timeline for coastal matters,” Coniglio said.

“If we’re going to get the federal government lined up, we need to have a balanced budget amendment,” West said. “That means that what we have coming in is what goes out. … It gets us operating within some parameters. Right now, we’re not operating within any parameters in Washington, D.C.


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