Congressman speaks at chamber luncheon


U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., 3rd Dist., right, speaks to Sonny Roberts of New Bern during the Havelock Chamber of Commerce Federal Update Luncheon on Monday the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. Jones was one of the speakers at the event, addressing issues such as the war in Afghanistan and the federal budget.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 05:29 PM.

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones painted a dismal picture of the nation’s financial affairs Monday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Speaking before about 175 Havelock-area business leaders at the Federal Update Luncheon sponsored by the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, Jones said he sees no signs that the extreme budget-cutting measures known as sequestration could end anytime soon.

“I don’t see that changing for at least another year,” the state’s third-district Republican said.

Sequestration has resulted in furloughs for thousands of civilian military workers, including six days of lost wages for workers at Cherry Point’s Fleet Readiness Center East, the state’s largest employer east of I-95 with more than 3,300 people.

“I am very disappointed to be part of a system that’s not doing right by the American people,” Jones said, referring to Washington as the “Sodom and Gomorrah of money.”

Jones made a point of telling those attending that he was one of 66 Republicans to vote against the bill that created sequestration.

Describing himself as a “Ron Paul Republican,” Jones said that fellow legislators in Washington are going to have to “wake up and become adults.” He said he would vote against an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling.

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