KY congressman warns lean financial times ahead

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - A veteran Kentucky congressman set to head the House Appropriations committee next year says shared sacrifice will be required to reduce the federal deficit.

U.S. Representative Hal Rogers told The Associated Press on Friday that the federal budget is in "financial disorder."

Rogers makes no apologies for projects he helped fund with earmarks, as he secured nearly $100 million in earmarks the last fiscal year. But he says reducing the deficit is a top priority and "we will all have to sacrifice."

Congressional Republicans agreed last month to place a party-wide moratorium on most earmarks.

A House panel announced Tuesday that it was recommending Rogers to chair the 60-member Appropriations and Revenue Committee. The 72-year-old Rogers was first elected to Congress in 1980.

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