U.S. Senator John Thune says if we want to escape our nation's growing debt, lawmakers in Washington need to re-prioritize federal programs.
In a town hall style meeting on Monday, Thune shared his thoughts on what the nation should do to get out of $16.3 trillion debt that was racked up last year.
He said the best solution to get rid of the mess we are in is to jump start the economy. In order to do that, Thune suggests Washington implement a fundamental tax reform.
He said the underlying problem is that the Senate has not passed a balanced budget since 2009, and we've been in the red ever since.
"South Dakota has an amendment in our state constitution that requires every year our legislature and our Governor to balance the budget. We need that in Washington. If we had a balanced budget amendment we wouldn't be where we are today. We've got to have the debate about what we are going to do to get our spending under control and to start living within our means," said Thune.
After his presentation, Senator Thune took questions from the audience, addressing topics such as the debt ceiling and gun control.