March 26, 2013
U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th District) held a luncheon Tuesday for elected officials throughout the district at Ash Lawn-Highland in Albemarle County.
The congressman talked about how his office in Washington can help local elected officials better represent constituents, especially amid sequester cuts.
"There are going to be fewer resources in Richmond. There are going to be fewer resources at the local levels," Hurt said. "And so obviously we want to help folks prepare that. We want to figure out where things are working and where they're not working."
Hurt said everyone needs to work together to find flexibility and compromise while the sequester cuts are in place.
"We have local officials talking about flexibility," Hurt said. "It's like, 'Well, you give us these mandates. You send down these mandates from Washington, but then you don't give us any money to implement them.' That's terrible. That's just terrible."
Hurt said he's preparing to work on the fiscal year 2014 budget in Washington. The House, Senate and president have until September 30 to finalize the budget.
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