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Doug Jones: 'I'm Starting Fresh' in Congress

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 January 2018 10:47 AM

Democrat Doug Jones will be sworn in as the junior senator from Alabama this week, where he hopes to "reach some consensus…. not only across the aisle but within my own party," according to an interview he gave to The Wall Street Journal.

"I'm starting fresh," Jones told the newspaper, adding that he wants to "reach some consensus to try to get things done," and "I want to do that not only across the aisle but within my own party. We've still got divergent views even within the party. I want to be that voice to try to bring people together."

Once he's sworn in, Jones will have to weigh in on the most pressing issue in Congress: a longterm spending bill.

Both parties are currently divided over whether to increase nondefense spending, which Democrats want, or to increase the military budget, as Republicans want. Jones described this as a "very delicate issue" for himself, noting that his state has many military bases and defense contractors, but also many impoverished citizens who rely on government programs.

"If the deficit continues to grow as has been projected with the tax bill, there are going to be calls to cut the nondefense spending a lot, and I think that would hurt the people of Alabama," he added.

One area where he hopes to reach an agreement with conservatives is on an infrastructure package, but he disagrees with President Donald Trump's plan to partner with private corporations.

"Infrastructure is the perfect opportunity for both the parties to try to show to the American public that you can work together," he said.

"I've always felt like public-private partnerships were positive but at the same time I've never been one to completely outsource government functions. I think that is fraught with peril."

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Democrat Doug Jones will be sworn in as the junior senator from Alabama this week, where he hopes to "reach some consensus . . . not only across the aisle but within my own party," according to an interview he gave to The Wall Street Journal.
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