SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Chris Stewart told Utah lawmakers Thursday this is a critical time in the nation's history.

The Republican congressman said the United States is in its "most dangerous time since 1939." In his brief remarks in the House and Senate, he touched on the economy, America's place in the world and the federal deficit.

Stewart said as he travels the world as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, people ask him, "Where is the United States? We don't know if we can count on you anymore. We don’t know if our alliance with you matters."

He said he's not calling for the U.S. to be the world's policeman, but the nation's allies need to know they have support.

The congressman also said 2 percent economic growth is unacceptable, and although federal deficit spending is down, it would "explode" again in the next couple of years.

The challenges facing the country are "beyond the intellect of man," Stewart said. "If we're going to tackle these challenges it will only be if God helps us," he told legislators.

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