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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy Hosts Google Hangout

Sen. Chris Murphy hosts a Google Hangout on May 13.
Sen. Chris Murphy hosts a Google Hangout on May 13. Video Credit: senchrismurphy

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Fairfield County constituents had a chance to put questions directly - sort of - to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy as the Democrat from Connecticut hosted a Google Hangout on Monday.

Murphy first gave a quick summary of his recent work: reviewed some details of his recent trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria; criticized the automatic sequestration cuts to the federal budget; and give a quick recap of a speech he gave on continuing gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

"We are going to start to feel the economic pain from these automatic budget cuts," Murphy said, saying big cuts will be coming this summer to such programs as Head Start and meals for low-income seniors. "There will be some real devastating impacts of these automatic budget cuts."

The U.S. should be targeting cuts, he said, not cutting about 5 percent across the board on all programs.

"Our economy is just getting back on its feet. Now is not the time to suck a whole bunch of public money out of the economy."

To hear his full comments and his answers to the submitted questions, watch the "hangout" on YouTube .

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