Chaffetz: Washington an “Absolute Disaster”

(KCPW News) Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz didn’t sound at all optimistic when discussing the state of affairs in Washington before the Utah Senate this morning.

“People ask me all the time, ‘How is it back there? How’s Congress?’ And I say, well, it’s a mess! It’s an absolute disaster!” he said. “There is supposed to be debate and dialogue. But there’s also supposed to be progress. At the heart of what we’re trying to do, I think, has to be acting responsibly with our nation’s finances.”

The GOP lawmaker also touched on his proposals to terminate federal employees who don’t pay their taxes, and to sell off excess federal buildings that aren’t being used, but still maintained at the expense of taxpayers. He suggested Utah lawmakers look at adopting similar plans on the state level.

Chaffetz discussed growing concern over cyber-threats as well, noting he’s been appointed to a task force on the problem.

“We’re being attacked at every moment from nation-states to guys in a van down by the river. It is unrelenting, it will not go away. Technology’s great, as long as it works, as long as it’s safe,” said Chaffetz, adding, “that doesn’t mean our federal government should overstep and be able to peek in to see what we’re doing individually.”

The congressman also emphasized the need to fix the legal immigration process, not just look at stopping illegal immigration.