WASHINGTON — The National Association of Counties sought to highlight the importance of county governments and the services they provide during the group's legislative conference this week in the nation's capital.
Association President Chris Rodgers, a Douglas County Board member, noted that the gathering featured an ideologically diverse slate of speakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho.
Rodgers said the counties warned federal lawmakers about the potential harm of continuing budget cuts and tax reform proposals that would affect tax-free municipal bonds.
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Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., was among the speakers and talked up the importance of access to broadband Internet to help bridge the gap between rich and poor.
He downplayed the impact of sequestration, saying those cuts of $1.2 trillion over 10 years represent a “manageable reduction.”
He also defended the supercommittee, the idea of a bipartisan committee to reduce the deficit.
“I had great hopes that this special committee would be special and get something done,” Terry said. “But I was wrong. It got bogged down in politics and just became a platform for grandstanding.”
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