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U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello
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Length: 25:44

Twelfth District Illinois Congressman  Jerry Costello (D-Belleville) discusses a broad range of issues, including the federal budget, WSIU-TV's Jak Tichenor and WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller on a program-length edition of WSIU InFocus. President Barack Obama and the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives are squaring off for a major battle as Congress begins debating the President's budget proposal for the new fiscal year. The GOP wants to slash tens of billions of dollars in discretionary spending in an effort to pare the budget back to Fiscal Year 2008 levels. Rep. Costello says he understands the need to reign in federal spending, but is concerned that many programs residents of his area depend on, such as community service block grants, will end up on the chopping block. The President's budget proposal will be formally submitted to Congress on February 14, 2011.  

Costello, who has served his southwestern Illinois District since 1989, also discusses the United States' role in the current crisis in Egypt, improving medical care at troubled Veterans Administration hospitals in Marion and St. Louis, funding needed repairs to the area's aging levee system, and concerns over airline safety in light of potential cuts in the number of federal safety inspectors.

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Link To video segment: Episode: 605