Jackson Sun: Sen. Bob Corker hopes for push to solve fiscal problems

Oct 2, 2012

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker made stops in West Tennessee on Tuesday to talk about improving the nation’s financial outlook.

“I’m optimistic that Republicans and Democrats can come together to solve our nation’s fiscal problems,” said Corker, a Republican who is seeking re-election on Nov. 6.

Corker started his day in Brownsville with the Rotary Club and met in Jackson with members of the Risk Management Association of West Tennessee. Later he was scheduled to be at a National Night Out Against Crime event at the home of radio show host Frankie Lax.

“The past two years in Washington have been like watching paint dry,” Corker said at the Risk Management Association meeting. “I believe people are getting tired of looking at each other and not solving anything. Once we get this election behind us, rally behind whomever wins and deal with this fiscal issue.”

Corker said the country’s $15 trillion debt and concerns over Medicare are the major sticking points where lawmakers need to place their focus.

After a brief speech, Corker took questions from members of the audience. Some of the questions touched on Tennessee’s estate tax rate and federal bailouts for struggling American cities.

“We’ve had Sen. Corker at one of our meetings previously, so this is more like a followup,” said Jeffrey Lester, president of the association.

The Risk Management Association of West Tennessee is a nonprofit professional association made up of individuals from 20 counties, which strives to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry.

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