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Congressman Hurt Speaks Out on Syria, Health Care

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The United States is currently negotiating with other countries at the United Nations conference about plans for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. This comes after the U.S. proposed a possible attack last month on Syria after its alleged use of chemical weapons on citizens.

We spoke with Congressman Robert Hurt about the issue.  Hurt says that direct military action is not in our country's best interest. He feels that economic and political sanctions would be more appropriate responses to the issue.

An agreement between the U.S. and Russia last month is now being proposed to the UN that demands the accounting for and destruction of all chemical weapons in Syria by 2014. Hurt believes this needs to happen without military action.

"I do think that there has not been demonstrated in my opinion, as it relates to the Syrian Civil War, any evidence that our national security interests are at stake, and until that time I couldn't, would not be able to support military action in Syria," said Hurt.

The UN will be debating the topic this week to hopefully move toward a resolution.

We also spoke with Hurt about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that's just days away from kicking in. In Washington, the massive backlash has our government cruising toward a standstill.  

The congressman feels positive an agreement will be reached before a government shutdown can take effect.

The house approved a spending proposal for a short-term solution that included a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act.

In the Senate Wednesday, it voted to support the bill  - but strip the provision regarding the defunding of the health plan.

Without a spending plan by October 1, all but the most necessary government services would be put on hold.

"We have to work very hard to make sure that we get the job done by October 1. I think that to have a government shutdown is in many ways self-defeating and it will end up costing a whole lot more than it would if we just kept running things along the same lines," said Hurt.

The last time our country went through a government shutdown was 1996, and it cost over $1 billion. 

The current proposal would only be a temporary funding measure to avert the shutdown looming next week. That still leaves the government to try to find a more permanent solution.

Reported by Rob Manch

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