In “Sen. Richard Burr Responds to Aug. 10 Letter in Xpress,” [Aug. 18], Sen. Burr claims that he would have voted for extending unemployment benefits for the chronically jobless, if only government cuts had been made in other areas. He doesn’t say what other areas these might be. Judging from his voting record, however, it appears that they would include children’s health benefits, enforcing workplace equality, and protecting the environment — all of which he voted against.
On the other hand, he did vote for the $1.75 billion extension of the obsolete F-22 fighter aircraft, a program that our Department of Defense did not even support. So it seems that the government cuts he would endorse come from programs that help people, whereas government programs that benefit defense contractors and corporations are off limits.
This leads me to wonder whom Sen. Burr really represents. Is it the people who will vote in the next election, or the corporations that fund his campaign?
— Leonard Carrier