Hal Rogers: Ky. should brace for more federal cuts to 'pretty much everything'

05/08/2013 09:50 AM

As the House Appropriations Committee chairman, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers said he wants to avoid a budget stitched together by continuing resolutions but warned Kentucky that coming cuts will affect “pretty much everything.”

The Department of Defense, which already took a $43 billion hit as part of the March “sequester cuts,” and homeland security programs are safer than others from reductions, Rogers said. But overall, he said federal funds from school lunches to law enforcement grants could be slashed.

“I think the main worry is if we do nothing and the debt continues to pile up on our children and grandchildren, so we have no choice but to cut back, so it’s going to affect just about everything,” Rogers said.

And he answered questions about criticism he took for the hearing he chaired following up on the Federal Aviation Administration’s furloughing workers to cut costs as a result of the sequester — a move that was later reversed after Congress allowed the agency budget flexibility.

Rogers responded to a lampooning by the Daily Show with a simple: “Who’s Jon Stewart.”

Rogers started the two-minute interview by answering whether he expected continuing resolutions:

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