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Congresswoman Hochul returns from debt vote with mixed feelings

By Michael Mroziak

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wbfo/local-wbfo-980526.mp3

Amherst, NY – Congresswoman Kathy Hochul offers mixed feelings about the passage of the nation's debt ceiling agreement this week.

Hochul told reporters that she has yet to meet anyone who's satisfied with the debt deal, though she added that she voted to approve it rather than see the nation go into default for the first time in its history. While it raises the debt ceiling through March 2013, Hochul warns it also means cuts are coming.

Well, one thing I'm concerned about is cuts to education," said Hochul after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at ITT Technical Institute in Getzville. "I think we're standing here at a place where we need to ensure we educate the next generation to become more competitive.

"We'll be getting some serious cuts. As much as we're all wanting to cut the cost of government, which is great, you;ll start seeing the effects in Western New York when we talk about where those cuts are going to come from, and that's something I'll have to deal with."

Hochul also blasted the way which, in her word, elected officials "spent the month of July creating uncertainty in the markets" with this political standoff.

You can hear Michael Mroziak's report on Hochul's thoughts by clicking on the link above.