U.S. debt ‘Troubling,’ ‘astonishing’

Members of the Columbus Kiwanis Club received a surprise when they showed up for the group’s weekly meeting at the Columbus Country Club: U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., gave them a pop quiz on their knowledge of federal spending and the national debt.

Wicker touched on a number of hot-button topics, from health care to Social Security and Medicare, saying while he doesn’t support eliminating such programs, he does believe the government needs to rein in spending.

A big supporter of the so-called “Ryan Budget,” proposed by Budget Committee Chairman and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in May and defeated by a Senate roll call 57-40, Wicker said he not only voted for the plan but “greatly respects” Ryan.

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