Rep. Tom Price Discusses Views on Congress at Kennesaw State Forum
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Price, who represents
During an hour-long talk, the Republican congressman gave an overview of his career, his motivations for seeking public office and the important function that the
Price is the fifth-ranking Republican in the
The four-term congressman, who represents a district that includes
First, Price explained, it's important to consider the ideological swings in
In addition, Price said, the majority and minority parties have completely different roles in
"What we have is something that feels a little schizophrenic," Price said. "We have this sort of yin-yang going on that looks very strange. One hopes that people will take their jobs seriously and represent their districts, but not in a way that stops us from getting things done."
Price cited the 24-hour news cycle for accentuating "every discrepancy and every difference" between Republicans and Democrats in
Students questioned Price about a range of issues, from the president's new plan for repaying student loans to term limits, tax reform, balancing the federal budget and the impact of the healthcare reform bill. They also sought the congressman's opinions on the Republican presidential primary candidates, the Republican proposals that are best for the nation, and the current "
Highlights of Price's responses:
On term limits:
The four-term congressman said he support term limits.
"It doesn't make sense to me; it doesn't sound like a policy grounded in logic. It's not teaching the right kind of values about responsibility. We have to stick to the fundamental principle of not having the taxpayer on the line."
On the "
"All the discontent says that people have the same feeling that I do -- that people are frustrated at the direction the country is moving in. However, I think the protesters are misdirected: They should be directing their anger and frustration at the government and not at
On the impact of the health care reform bill:
"The bill can't stand. The courts will make that decision [on the bill's constitutionality]. What matters in health care is accessibility, affordability and quality, which I think will all decline under the bill. The American people won't stand for standing in line for health care."
On getting a balanced budget amendment:
"I'm more hopeful that we have a balanced budget than a balanced budget amendment. But we can't get the budget under control without addressing
On tax reform:
"I think the
On which Republican proposals are best for the nation:
"The federal government has become too intrusive [on business] to allow for job creation. The genius of American business is being stifled by taxes that are too high and over regulation -- regulatory oppression. American businesses are taking jobs overseas to be more competitive.
When it comes to improving the tax situation for business, I'm a 0 percent tax guy."</p>
On whom he supports in the Republican primary:
Price said he believes only
Price urged students to stay engaged and involved with the process and to seek internships in the local offices of elected officials. Students like
"I had a chance to answer phones and help respond to constituent mail," Enser said. "It was a great experience."
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