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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Dacula Day to be held Tuesday at Capitol

State Rep. Chuck Efstration

State Rep. Chuck Efstration

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U.S. Rep. Paul Broun

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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston

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U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall

Eastern Gwinnett residents are invited to Atlanta this week, as the Capitol prepares for Dacula Day.

Rep. Chuck Efstration, a Republican from the city who claimed the post after a special election late last year, will host the event from 10:30 a.m until 1 p.m. Tuesday in Room 403 of the State Capitol.

In addition to getting a chance to speak to their representative, participants can watch the House of Representatives from the Gallery, take a tour of the Capitol and speak to other statewide officials, Efstration said.

“I am excited to invite residents to Dacula Day 2014,” said Efstration, whose district encompasses other areas of eastern Gwinnett, including portions of Hamilton Mill and Buford. “I believe in open government, and this is an opportunity to hear from state leaders and ask questions about issues of importance to the citizens of House District 104.”

Attendees are asked to RSVP by email to chuckefstration@gmail.com, as lunch will be provided.

More on the deficit deal

Last week, former Secretary of State Karen Handel had harsh words for congressmen running against her in a U.S. Senate race this year, saying that Washington insiders are to blame for the country’s ballooning deficit.

But the trio of congressmen in the GOP race to replace Saxby Chambliss — U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston — all voted no on the recent deficit deal, where some criticized Republican Party for not putting up a fight.

“It is highly irresponsible to be giving the President a blank check to spend and borrow as he pleases — but unfortunately, that’s exactly what Speaker Boehner’s bill does,” Broun said. “We cannot continue to fuel the President’s spending addiction by increasing our nation’s borrowing limit and leaving our children and grandchildren with bills they simply cannot afford to pay. Congress must focus on cutting spending and paying down our massive $17 trillion debt – not continue to destroy jobs and stifle our economy with more spending and taxes. It is time we fundamentally change government and return to the constitutionally limited government as our Founding Fathers intended — and that starts with stopping Washington’s outrageous spending. Today I voted no to raising the debt ceiling — but I’ll be voting yes for the future of your children and grandchildren, for a strong free market, and for the liberty and prosperity of our nation.”

Kingston, who has sponsored bills to tackle debt reduction, said: “We need to cut up the credit card, not suspend the debt limit. Our debt is bigger than the size of our economy. That should be the wake up call that it’s time to change.”

Gwinnett Congressman Rob Woodall also voted against the proposal, which passed.

“I regret the president’s call for a ‘clean debt ceiling’ that exacerbates the problem, rather than takes steps to solve the problem. We can find and pass solutions, but only if we have a willing partner in the White House and the Senate,” Woodall said. “We are on an unsustainable path of borrowing from our children and grandchildren in order to fund our excessive federal spending. We as a nation must take significant steps to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, this pattern before the true debt limit is reached: when we can no longer find a lender.

“America must control spending and reduce our debt, and as a nation, we have an obligation to meet the financial commitments we have already made. There is no reason both goals cannot be achieved if we are willing to make the tough choices today to ensure a better tomorrow for the next generation. Simply kicking the can down the road is neither responsible nor effective,” the Lawrenceville Republican said. “As then-Sen. Obama stated in 2006 with regard to increasing the debt limit, we are ‘shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.’ Then-Sen. Obama was right to demand this leadership from President Bush, and I am right to demand leadership from President Obama.”

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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