Congressman Aderholt Addresses Local Government and Business Leaders
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt appeared Monday morning at the Jackson Center for a breakfast meeting with nearly 300 local government and business leaders.
It was to allow him to provide an update on federal funding issues.
Congressman Aderholt represents Alabama’s 4th Congressional District and is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.
He was invited by the Air, Space, and Missile Defense Association and the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.
Aderholt spoke about federal budget issues, sequestration, and appropriations.
In his address to the audience, Aderholt said, “I will admit everything is still dysfunctional in Washington.”
“We used to lead the world economically, but no more,” he said. “We are currently 17th on a list of countries of how economically free we are…[even] behind Estonia.”
“We recognize big government is not the way to administer healthcare,” said Aderholt.
The Continuing Resolution passed to end the government shutdown put spending on defense at $518 billion until January 15th per fiscal year 2013.
He was asked about the SLS program.
He said, “There are a number of members in Congress who support the program and will continue to do so. I know it has had its challenges, [but] we will continue to endure and hopefully prevail.”
He was asked about the likelihood of another government shutdown. He said, “Congress learns by experience… I think both sides came away respecting each other. I am optimistic that we’ll be able to come to resolutions quicker [in January] than before.”
Aderholt also had appearances planned today in Guntersville and Birmingham.h