U.S Senator Johnny Isakson, (R) Georgia, stopped in Albany on his tour through southwest Georgia to address Albany leaders.Sequestration has been the hot topic for many for the last few weeks. Senator Isakson spoke about the issue saying he voted for it and there are several good things that happened because of sequestration.He says people in Washington are talking about limiting spending and are actually doing it.The senator says he has nine grandchildren and want to leave a better future for them. What we owe our kids in the future is very simple, a balance budget, less spending, reform of our entitlements to get our spending under control and our debt under control, said Senator Johnny Isakson.
He says if we can tackle these tasks, then the nation will see a brighter future. Locals agree but say our debt's toll is larger than our nation.
We have an awful lot of responsibility and it's more than just our children and our grand children. If the debt takes the country down, we owe it to the planet to stay strong and to continue doing our job, said Major Russell Barnes, with the Albany Police Department.
Senator Isakson's stop in Albany comes just a week before he is set to meet with President Barack Obama about issues pressing on the country, like healthcare and the possibility of nuclear warfare.
We have to make sure Iran doesn't get a nuclear weapon and we need to make sure North Korea understands we're not going to tolerate them using one because they do have six, said Senator Isakson.
As community leaders took in what the senator had to say, they also brought questions about issues that directly affect southwest Georgia, like the deepening of the port of Savannah.
That port is the second largest export of products in the United States and because of that our peanuts, our manufactured goods have an incredible access to be exported at lower costs than they have ever been before, said Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Commission Chair.
Senator Isakson reassured locals that he is committed to this issue.