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February 28--  Twelfth District Congressman John Barrow is back in Washington after spending last week on what he calls a "listening tour" at meetings in nine of the 12th District's 22 counties.

He completed the meetings last Thursday afternoon at Jenning's Turf Farm in Soperton.  The Congress has to vote this week on extending funding of the government and Congressman Barrow says he's getting feedback on that from voters.

"They want us to get together and solve the problem.  They want us to focus on the parts of the federal budget which are out of control and not take a meat axe to those parts which are not a part of the problem at all.  They want us to solve the problems and not posture and try to score points off the other side.  That's what I hear," he said.

A conservative blog in Washington, Heritage Action, studied the votes on a bill which cut $69 billion out of the budget and said Congressman Barrow is one of 19 Democrats most willing to cut federal spending.

"I'm all for cuts, but not crazy cuts.  I'm for going to work on parts of the budget which are out of control.  For example, what we are doing for agriculture in this country is not out of control.  It's actually doing more with less year in and year out.    So, I'm trying to bring some balance to the picture and conserve our investments in agriculture and our agricultural communities," he said.

Congressman Barrow says he disagrees with President Obama's decision to cease using Department of Justice lawyers to defend the federal law which defines marriage as beween a man and woman.

"I think the Defense of Marriage Act is perfectly constitutional.  It's nothing more than codification of long-standing law that says to each state you can do what you want in your state with your laws.  We have territorial integrity of state laws in this country and that's what the Defense of Marriage Act is all about.  It says to states you can do whatever you want with marriage, but what you do in your state is not controlling in other states unless they say so.  It's both good law and good policy," Barrow believes.