LAFAYETTE — U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, will hold a “town-hall style spending and debt forum” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the LITE Center, 537 Cajundome Blvd., according to a news release.

Vitter will be joined on a panel by U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia; William McBride, an economist with the Tax Foundation; and Curtis Dubay, senior policy analyst for tax policy at the Heritage Foundation, the news release said.

“News of the downgrade in our credit rating has created a lot of confusion and unease for many Americans and I’m looking forward to hearing the views of common-sense Louisianans,” Vitter said. 

“I know folks have concerns about how the downgrade will affect interest rates and we’ll also discuss proposals to make real debt reducing cuts to federal spending — obviously something that Congress has been reluctant to do.”

The forum is one of several stops Vitter has planned in Lafayette.

The senator will visit Ascension Episcopal Middle School and Colt Scrap Tire in Scott.