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Senator visits on Monday

Sen. Richard Shelby will be in Greenville on Monday for his annual meeting with Butler County citizens. Shelby will be at the Chef’s Table at noon and available for questions from those attending.

Shelby visits each county in Alabama at least once per year.

“Over the years, these meetings have provided an excellent opportunity for area residents to listen and voice their opinions on the activities of our government,” said Shelby. “This will be a great chance to discuss the important issues facing our state and our nation as the 111th Congress convenes.”

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said the longtime U.S. Senator’s visit should be especially interesting considering the questions currently surrounding the nation’s economy.

“I think anyone with questions about what’s going on in Washington D.C. needs to be here,” said McLendon.

Shelby has been a vocal opponent of not only President Barack Obama’s nearly $800 billion stimulus package, but also of previous bailouts by the government for the nation’s financial institutions and the U.S. automotive industry.

“This so-called stimulus package is a disgrace and represents a continuation of government’s unfocused response to our economic problems. Until we resolve the challenges facing our financial system, our economy will not recover and we will continue to waste the taxpayer’s money and steal from future generations. Getting credit flowing again will create and sustain more jobs than any stimulus package ever has or ever will, in my judgment,” said Shelby. “Simply ‘doing something’ is not a viable strategy and has not improved our situation thus far. We should focus instead on knowing what we are doing. Government’s floundering only compounds our nation’s difficulties.”