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March 28, 2014

Shimkus addresses current issues

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He noted that Crimea is more closely associated with Russia than the Ukraine is and there are Russian military installations on their peninsula.

Shimkus said he doesn't think our presence in the Ukraine, militarily or as peacemakers, would help the situation.

"I don't think the Ukrainians want us there. It would just inflame Russia. I don't think U.S. presence in the Ukraine would ease tensions. They are not a NATO country. If they were, we would be bound by a treaty to become involved."

On the Budget:

"There is a debate whether we should need to pass a budget this year. The Senate is not going to pass a budget. In the budget agreement last year, we really set the numbers for the next two years," Shimkus said. "If the Senate's not going to pass a budget, why would we go through the motions."

Shimkus said the two-year agreement would avoid any government shutdowns during that time.

"We set a budget and a spending bill for last year. We have a budget for this year, now we need to pass a spending bill."

On the American Healthcare Act (Obamacare):

Shimkus said the 30-hour work week, full-time employee requirement for small businesses needs to be addressed.

"The problem with doing any reforms is the Senate won't take them up and the President won't sign the bill," Shimkus said.

Referring to a news story, Shimkus said the insurance companies look at their incomes and expenses this year and what they need to adjust to still be in business for next cycle

"Many people have found their premiums doubled under Obamacare and the story suggests they'll go up even more because they are having trouble getting people to sign up into the system. And those people will eventually get charged a penalty if the IRS catches up to them. Most of those people can pay the $95 penalty, but each year the penalty will increase."

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