KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- As the nation faces trillions of dollars in debt, some in the federal government are calling for massive spending cuts. That means programs and departments that you depend on could lose some funding.
U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R) spent Thursday morning talking about his plan to deal with the budget crisis.
With the national debt at $13.7 trillion and rising, Corker says now is the time to change the country's spending habits.
Corker said, "I don't think there's anything in our country that will not have to be changed, transformed, cut, to get us where we need to go."
Hundreds filled the seats at Pellissippi State Community College, for a town hall style meeting, hosted by News/Talk 98.7, as Sen. Corker explained the federal government needs to cut spending by $670-billion a year, for the next 10 years.
Corker said, "The first thing we've got to do is agree on where we're going, and then that gnashing of teeth, that will follow that, by actually having to make those tough decisions to get us there, will follow."
That means no program or department can be completely spared from funding cuts.
One man who attended the meeting said, "We have said no to TARP, AIG bailout, auto bailout, stimulus, Obama-care, and we were ignored," with the crowd cheering him on.
While many who attended were happy to hear Corker say government spending should be cut, there is still concern from some that certain programs are not getting enough funding as it is.
One man said, "The senior citizens haven't gotten the increase in the last 2 years because we're using the index in the wrong way."
"So it's pretty brutal as in putting in place some discipline, which is what we need in Washington," said Corker.
Corker says he will present legislation in the coming weeks that will first set the spending cap, then Congress can debate where to make the cuts.
Sen. Corker calls the spending cuts necessary, to pull the Nation out of debt. This means, the sacrifice of funding will be shared by everyone: every department, program, state, and local government.
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