The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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March 4, 2013

Collins lays out vision in Medina

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — “If you don’t leave Washington, how do you know what’s going on?”

Rep. Chris Collins came to Medina Saturday for an informal meeting with local government, business and civic leaders. The freshman congressman spoke to a crowd of more than 30 at the Shirt Factory Cafe.

The give-and-take was one-sided with the crowd asking questions more about the goings on in the District of Columbia than the 27th District.

The former Erie County Executive didn’t appear to mind, weighing in with his views on national news and his visions for the future.

“The CEO is not doing his job.”

Collins, who will return to the village today for a tour of the Olde Pickle Factory and a talk on economic development, gave his strongest comments of the “Coffee with Chris” session when discussing the state of federal budget negotiations between Congress and President Barack Obama.

On Friday, $85 million in automatic cuts to the military and domestic spending kicked in, but Collins said the President’s “dire warnings” of disaster didn’t happen.

While he faulted Obama for setting up a sequester that dealt out pain across the board, Collins said he supported giving the President flexibility to make cuts in a less balanced way. That would give the military and cabinet officials the ability to make changes to spending programs that have been restricted through short-term budget deals.

Collins also pledged that he and his colleagues will present a budget this April.

“There’s an advantage to being in the majority — I’m in the room where they make the decisions.”

Collins, who will return to the village today for a tour of the Olde Pickle Factory and a talk on economic development, spoke at length about legislative strategies and his role in Congress.

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