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Pittenger: Bipartisan effort found $200 billion in possible cuts

A bipartisan effort to help solve fiscal problems in Washington has identified about $150 billion to $200 billion worth of possible spending cuts, U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger said Tuesday.

Pittenger said lawmakers are still working on legislation for the proposed cuts, which are being offered by the Congressional United Caucus of freshman members of the U.S. House.

Pittenger, a Charlotte Republican who co-chairs the caucus, told attendees of an Uptown Rotary luncheon Tuesday that there is a lot of work to do try cut spending and reduce debt.

He showed several slides of data to illustrate the point, including one that forecast the country’s debt load could exceed that of Greece by 2035 is spending isn’t controlled.

Pittenger said there are some serious ideas on the table to address spending. He said he thinks the cuts in the United Solutions proposal will be ones where lawmakers “can find immediate agreement” before going on to tackle bigger issues.

The proposed savings in the group’s plan would come from a variety of areas, including consolidating duplicate services.

While Pittenger talked mostly on the budget, he also shared some impressions of how his first few months have been like in Congress. For example, he cited the United Solutions caucus as an example of lawmakers from opposing parties being able to work together and still hold on to their principles.

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