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STAGGERS SAYS VISION MUST CHANGE

 STAGGERS SAYS VISION MUST CHANGE
 WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Congress prepares to


vote on the fiscal year 1993 budget later this week, U.S. Rep. Harley Staggers (D-W.Va.) today announced that he is supporting legislation to "tear down the walls" created in last year's budget resolution.
 Staggers opposed the previous year's budget because of provisions that make it impossible to transfer savings from defense to other areas of the budget.
 Staggers said, "The vision of too many in Congress is out of touch with the reality of life in our communities. I tried to tell my colleagues last year that they were creating a monster they would live to regret. Now, many of the same members who voted for the budget are rushing to co-sponsor this legislation, essentially saying, 'Stop me before I mess up again!'
 "The challenge for the Congress is to see through the eyes of the people," Staggers said. "If we begin to do things that benefit the entire community, instead of just a privileged few within the community, then we can gain back the confidence of the people, which is necessary to govern.
 "But our attitudes must change first. We must get over the idea that this or that magic grant will solve all of our problems. It's always nice to hope that you might win the lottery, but real people don't plan to feed their families that way, and an honest government doesn't promise economic growth that way, either," Staggers said.
 Staggers said, "These walls in the budget prevent us from taking savings in defense and foreign aid and investing them in programs that benefit all of the people. Two-thirds of all economic growth is a direct result of education, and that's where the future is.
 "Every $1 billion taken out of defense contractors' pockets and invested in programs for people creates 10,000 jobs. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that our most important priorities should be jobs and education, but it does require representatives who are in touch and honest with the people they represent," Staggers said.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Watkins of Rep. Harley Staggers' Office, 202-225-4331/ CO: U.S. Rep. Harley Staggers ST: West Virginia IN: SU: ECO


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