clear
Tuesday July 28th, 2015 6:26AM

Collins hopeful for short-term budget resolution

By B.J. Williams News Director
GAINESVILLE - While North Georgia Congressman Doug Collins said he can't predict how many days the partial government shutdown will last, he does believe that Democrats and Republicans can at least come to a short term agreement to get the government running again.

Collins was a guest on the Thursday edition of WDUN's Morning Talk, and he said he's hopeful some type of resolution will come out of meetings between top House Republicans and President Obama.

"That means we may all not get what we want but, best we can, we all try to push forward our proposals to come to an agreement," said Collins.

Still, the Gainesville Republican pointed the finger of blame mostly at the White House. He said instead of negotiating in good faith to reach a budget agreement, Democrats have taken actions that inconvenience Americans. He pointed to federal park closures as a case in point.

"When you go through the path between Cherokee (N.C.) and Gatlinburg (TN) and they block off scenic overlooks? I mean, that's a safety issue!," said Collins.

"[Some] Democrats have actually said 'Well, you should have expected this.' I mean, frankly, I just don't expect an administration to do things and go out of their way to make stuff hard."

Collins said also that while the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is certainly a measure that Republicans don't want to fund, the budget argument is about more than that one measure.

"The issue that we've got right now is that 80-percent of our spending is on auto-pilot. It's not budgeted," said Collins.

NOTE: Just after Collins made his comments on WDUN, the Associated Press reported House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans will move ahead with legislation to temporarily extend the government's ability to borrow to meet its obligations. But he said President Barack Obama will have to agree to negotiate over reopening the government and to "start to deal with America's pressing problems." President Obama has said consistently that Republicans must reopen the government and prevent the threat of a first-ever government default before he'll negotiate over the budget and other conditions Republicans have sought.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 1 year ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 1 year ago )
U.S. News
Missing Ga. bank director arrested in Brunswick
A bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia.
7:00PM ( 1 year ago )
Amtrak to suspend some Crescent service in Jan., Feb.
Amtrak service will shut down in parts of the Southeast for several days in January and February for rail maintenance by Norfolk Southern Railway.
9:00AM ( 1 year ago )
Lung cancer scans urged for some smokers, not all
Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation's top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday - even as they stressed that the tests aren't for everyone.
7:26AM ( 1 year ago )
Business News
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Victim critical following apartment fire
A 41-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after being rescued from an apartment fire in Forsyth County late Monday afternoon.
3:16PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Feeling US snub, Saudis strengthen ties elsewhere
Increasingly vocal in its frustration over U.S. policies in the Mideast, Saudi Arabia is strengthening ties elsewhere, seeking out an alignment that will bolster its position after it was pushed to the sidelines this year.
4:34PM ( 1 year ago )
NSA reportedly intercepts computer deliveries
A German magazine has lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacker unit, revealing how American spies intercepted computer deliveries, exploited hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijacked Microsoft's bug report system to spy on their targets.
12:31PM ( 1 year ago )
Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel
Rockets from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, causing no injuries but sparking an Israeli reprisal shelling in a rare flare-up between the two countries.
12:26PM ( 1 year ago )
Politics
Boy Scouts of America to allow gay adult leaders
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.The new policy, aim...
1:44AM ( 4 hours ago )
White County detainee walks away from work detail
Numerous law enforcement agencies are working to help locate a White County detainee who walked away from a work detail at the White County Courthouse Monday afternoon.
By Dean Dyer
8:56PM ( 9 hours ago )
Authorities seize crystal meth worth nearly $33,000
Authorities made four arrests and seized 11.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine in a four-agency drug trafficking investigation spanning two states.
7:02PM ( 11 hours ago )
Hall Co School Board approves construction at East Hall, looks at AP scores
The Hall County School Board approved a SPLOST IV request and talked Advanced Placement scores at their board meeting Monday night.
6:31PM ( 11 hours ago )
VIDEO: Man on the Street: Did last week's theater shooting change your opinion on going to the movies?
For this week's Man on the Street feature, WDUN's Russell Brown asked North Georgia residents if last week's Louisiana theater shooting would impact the way they go see movies.
4:33PM ( 13 hours ago )