February 11, 2013
Senator Mark Warner helped students understand the who, what, where, when, why and how of our national debt. The 'Up to Us' campaign at UVa is trying to educate students about the issue so they aren't in the dark on something that can and will affect their future.
"Rather than remaining isolated from the conversation, Senator Warner has really been taking the dialogue and bringing it here to UVa students so that ultimately we can start acting on this issue," said Lena Shi, 'Up to Us' co-campaign leader.
"If we don’t get it fixed, we add 3 billion dollars to the debt tomorrow. Then another 3 billion, then another 3 billion and another 3 billion. THis is not a self-correcting problem," said Senator Warner.
And with the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night, Warner says he has large expectations for the plan that's laid out.
"I hope the president will lay out a vision on this issue, as well as immigration, gun control. I actually believe that getting a plan in place for the deficit,
Especially when there are more cuts looming.
"We can expect to hear a lot about sequestration tomorrow night. Sequestration is the next big political football for the two sides to kick back and forth," said Geoff Skelley from the UVa Center for Politics.
The mandatory cuts are supposed to happen on March 1st and Warner says it's time to put down the red and blue mindset to deal with the deficit.
"If not, we should all be fired," he said. "What my hope and prayer is is that these students and folks that were listening today, will let the members of Congress hear them."
The country's federal budget deficit's are more than $16 trillion and going up each day. The 'Up to Us' campaign hopes to continue generating a sense of awareness of what this all really means for students' future before moving the conversation forward.
Warner said seeing so many students show up and ask questions inspires him to go back to Washington and keep on fighting.