Harper on President's Agenda

Mississippi's Third District Cong. Gregg Harper said Tuesday he appreciates President Obama's bipartisan spirit. But he said there is still much disagreement between Republicans and Democrats.

In a primetime speech to Congress, Obama plans to outline his ideas for improving the economy and cutting the deficit.

But Harper said that deficit cutting rings hollow, especially after the president just signed the federal stimulus plan.

"What we've done thus far doesn't indicate that that's the case," said Harper. "So if we're talking about reducing deficit spending, then we should have never passed a $1.2 trillion federal stimulus bill that was loaded with all kinds of wasteful federal spending."

Harper said he supports Obama's plan to increase troops in Afghanistan, but that he can't support most of the president's domestic agenda.


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