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February 2, 2013

Scott shares concerns with constituents

THOMASVILLE — A familiar face was roaming around Thomasville Thursday. U.S. Representative for the 8th Congressional District, Austin Scott, took some time away to get to know the area and people he represents.

Scott spends time in all 24 of the counties he represents.

Scott visited Bishop Hall, Southwest Georgia Technical College and had a meet-and-greet at the Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.

Before he visited some of the places in Thomasville, Scott spoke to Rotarians about current issues in America and suggested ways to fix them.

“We need to get people back to work,” Scott said. “We have to drive unemployment down. If we do this, we will watch the numbers flip.”

Scott believes that “if it brings jobs to Georgia, then it's good.”

“Not having a balanced budget is not fair for the next generation,” Scott said. “We're not borrowing from China. We're borrowing from our kids.”

Scott is worried about the future of health care in America.

“Fewer people will have health care in the next few years and the quality of health care will decline,” Scott said. “We need to do two things. “One, bring manufacturing jobs back to America. Two, the federal government doesn't have to be involved in everything.”

Scott was elected in 2010 and is serving his second term. He has spent the past 14 years in the State House. He was first elected at the age of 26.

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