Smith discusses sequestration, political future

Third District Congressman Adrian Smith predicts Congress will not be able to prevent the sequestration cuts in federal spending from taking place March 1st. Smith told KNEB News he believes any response to sequestration cuts will take place after they have begun.

Smith says the sequestration cuts will begin and then Congress will begin dissecting them, shoring up military and domestic programs where it is necessary.

Smith says the sequestration cuts are not the preferred way to trim federal spending but do nibble around reform in Medicare and Medicaid. But he says fundamental reform is needed that would make Medicare like Medicare Part D, which he says is providing citizens prescription drug choices while saving tax dollars.

Smith says he has no interest in running for the U.S. Senate seat that will vacated by Mike Johanns at the end of next year. Smith says he is happy being a member of the House and at age 42 would hope to "have more options down the road." He added, "I am not interested in running for another office."

Smith says he was surprised by Johanns announcement, equating it to the favorite quarterback on your NFL team suddenly announcing he is retiring. Smith called Johanns a "great public servant" and a wonderful person to work with.

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