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Bishop to talk about spending, job creation

In this file photo, Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton)

In this file photo, Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) addresses the media and officials from the American Physical Society during a news conference to protest spending cuts for the Departmant of Energy. (Feb. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Rep. Tim Bishop will talk about federal spending and job creation Wednesday at a meeting of the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce.

Bishop (D-Southampton) also may address the question of whether to raise the federal debt ceiling, said his spokesman, Oliver Longwell. The White House and congressional leaders are negotiating legislation that would allow raising the ceiling past its current $14.3 trillion.

Longwell said Bishop’s position will depend on how the bill is written.

“The congressman understands the consequences of the government not being able to borrow money to meet its obligations would be catastrophic,” he said.

The debt issue affects small-business owners who rely on credit and “anyone who hopes to retire one day,” Longwell said.

Bishop is scheduled to make a brief speech and then take questions, Longwell said.

The meeting is to begin at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 40 Church St., Kings Park.

Pictured: Rep. Tim Bishop (Feb. 28, 2011)

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