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Cong. Owens: Debt Ceiling Deal Left Him Frustrated

Congressman Bill Owens (at right) shares a laugh with Democrat Mike French at the party's gathering in Fulton Wednesday night.
Congressman Bill Owens (at right) shares a laugh with Democrat Mike French at the party's gathering in Fulton Wednesday night.

Congressman Bill Owens, who represents Oswego County, said the recent deal to raise the federal debt limit while cutting the federal deficit left him frustrated, and not only with the opposition Republicans.

Owens was in Fulton Wednesday night for a Democratic party event at the Tavern on the Lock.

Owens said he was also upset with President Obama for walking away from his own belief that the deficit should be filled, in part, with higher taxes on the rich.

Statistics show that wealthy people, on average, pay a much smaller share of their income in taxes than do people at lower income levels.

Owens said frequently during the debate that a mix of spending cuts and tax increases was the way to cut the deficit without harming services to average people.

But the President abandoned that position late in the fight.

I talked about the President’s positions with Owens, who is labeled a centrist or conservative Democrat, in the audio interview below.

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