Boustany disputes dire budget predictions - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Boustany disputes dire budget predictions

March 1,  automatic  cuts hit unless those in Congress can agree on measures to reduce spending by more than a trillion dollars as explained by 3rd District Congressman Charles Boustany.

"It's across the board cuts shared equally between defense and non defense items. It's law, so unless equal cuts that are selected out that we agree with are put into place, plus a path forward to further reduce spending is laid out, then we're going to say let it happen," he said.

Boustany disputes the Obama administration's claims that the sequestration would have dire consequences.

"Some are predicting doomsday. I think that's overblown. It's not going to be an issue. You're talking about cuts across a multitude of government programs," he said.

Also, Boustany said he supports the second amendment and calls the President's gun control proposals a non-starter.

"I do believe our gun laws are fine. We just need good enforcement. But we also need a better means of dealing with mental health problems. That is the big deficiency. And so the President's proposal is not really a solution to the problem. The solution to that problem is to look into the deficiencies in our mental health delivery system and figure out how to fix that," said Boustany.

Yet, the administration says if the March 1 sequestration is allowed to take place, up to 373,000 seriously mentally ill adults and emotionally disturbed children could go untreated. 

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