Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia, was responding to a question from Rome City Commissioner Buzz Wachsteter while speaking to the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
“If you think it’s dysfunctional from what you read in the papers, let me tell you it’s worse,” Chambliss said. “I wish there was a silver bullet that would answer that.”
Chambliss is a member of what has been dubbed the “Gang of Six,” a bipartisan group of senators who are focusing on the federal budget.
They have been meeting on a regular basis, and Chambliss said he hopes the example they have set will be a model for the future.
“Doing nothing is not an option for American policy makers,” Chambliss said, adding that America could be in the same condition as Greece in the not-so-distance future.
To solve the financial crisis Congress must reduce spending, reform entitlement such as Medicare/Medicaid, and figure out how to increase revenues, he said.
The answer is not increasing taxes, said Chambliss, later saying, “You have to have a president who is committed to fundamentally changing the tax system.”
The crowd applauded Chambliss as he confirmed his position on the proposed 411 Connector.
“I don’t decide where roads go,” Chambliss said. “I support projects. I am a big supporter of the 411 project.”
Chambliss is criss-crossing the state until Congress goes back into session next week.
He began his tour in Calhoun on Tuesday night and will end in Colquitt County.