- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - There are two things U.S. Sen. Dan Coats would like to see his U.S. Senate colleagues address before he retires: dealing with deficit spending and having a role in the Iran nuclear agreement.

Coats told The (Bloomington) Herald-Times on Monday (https://bit.ly/1cUVm15 ) that he regrets Congress hasn’t done more to address the increasing U.S. debt.

One way he’s trying to do is that by speaking on the Senate floor in a series he calls “Waste of the Week,” when he offers examples of how he thinks the government is wasting money. He also said lawmakers should address entitlement spending to “preserve it in a way that is not bankrupting the nation.”

The Indiana Republican, 71, announced last month that he would retire and not seek another term in the U.S. Senate.

Coats is serving his second full term in the Senate. He was first appointed to the Senate in 1988, replacing Dan Quayle when Quayle was tapped as the GOP vice-presidential nominee. He was elected to his first full term in 1992 but retired in 1998, honoring a term-limits pledge. He was elected to his second full term in 2010, after Democrat Evan Bayh retired.

Regarding Iran, Coats says he thinks Congress needs to get involved now rather than later.

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Information from: The Herald Times, https://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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