U.S. Senator Mark Warner stopped in Charlottesville Monday to talk about the importance of giving seniors in our community more choices. He stresses that providing better care for the elderly can balance out investments in Washington.
Warner was the keynote speaker at Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest senior care facility in the state. We caught up with him about some of the pressing issues and priorities in Congress, including the nuclear deal with Iran, the budget, and Senate's so-called "nuclear option," which would end minority filibusters to presidential nominations.
Warner spoke to a crowd of hundreds to celebrate the new Blue Ridge Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) center in Charlottesville.
“We need to have more examples of this taking place because the fastest growing population in America is our seniors and increasingly costs around Medicare and Medicaid are squeezing out investments the government can make in education and roads,” said Warner.
The center cannot officially open until it receives approval for Medicare and Medicaid services - which was delayed by the recent government shutdown.
“I think most Americans are pretty fed up with both political parties thinking they got all the answers,” said Warner.
Warner says he is disappointed the Senate took the nuclear option last week, but felt they needed to take action.
“We had gotten to the point where the system was so broken that, whether it was judges or people who just want to serve in government - they were being held for months and months on end,” said Warner.
When it comes to the nuclear deal with Iran, Warner says he wants to look at the details before weighing in - but believes we need to be very careful.
“The worst thing for not only Israel, but for the whole region's safety would be Iran getting a nuclear weapon, and we got to prevent that,” said Warner.
Warner emphasizes the most important issue in Congress right now is taking care of the budget. He says he is working to see if a two-year budget deal is possible to avoid another shutdown.
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