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Tom Price: Your Congress is a Pretty Good Representation of the Nation

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. discussed both flexibility and inertia in Washington during a Rotary Club of Sandy Springs luncheon and said President Barack Obama is the only person that wants to shutdown the government.

Although House Republicans have pushed for a government shutdown on Sept. 30 over the Affordable Care Act, Republican Congressman Tom Price insists it’s President Obama that wants to take that measure.

He discussed both flexibility and inertia in Washington during a Rotary Club of Sandy Springs luncheon, Monday, and said President Barack Obama is the only person that wants to shutdown the government.

“Let me suggest to you that the only person that wants to shutdown the government is the President of the United States,” said Price. “I’m gonna repeat that. Let me suggest to you that the only individual that wants to shutdown the government is the President of the United States. And I say that because I believe that he believes, that it endures to his political benefit. We have no desire for the government to close, none whatsoever. We do desire that the processes of government work.”

Price also said, “Your Congress for better or worse  is a pretty darn good representation of the nation.”

Does Congress' undivided ways reflect the sentiments of the country? Tell what you think in the comments.

Carrot-top August 27, 2013 at 08:56 AM
If this is what Congressman Price believes, he should rally his party to forget sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, move on and get something accomplished.
Catherine S August 27, 2013 at 09:32 AM
Adrienne, thanks for your piece. A few observations: you say "Although House Republicans have pushed for a government shutdown .." yet your link takes one to a story about President Obama saying the GOP wants to shutdown govt. Hardly evidence. Members of the GOP are quite clear about wanting to fully fund government, and de-fund Obamacare via a rider connected to the funding legislation, NOT through a shutdown. If a funding bill that does precisely that, is passed in the House after the recess, it will be entirely the choice of Harry Reid and the Democrat-lead Senate to pass the same funding bill or shutdown government in order to cling to the terrible law that is the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. I take Congressman Price at his word that it is the Dems and the President who want to shutdown government. Secondly, Congressman Price is correct in that Congress seems to be a representation of the nation, as it divides long the lines of "govt is the answer to everything" or "the answer is in the people". It was with this sort of divide in mind the Founding Fathers made it difficult to pass legislation in Congress. However, those who favor Big Govt have successfully painted those who don't as obstructionists who don't get anything done. All one has to do is look at Thomas.gov to realize this is not so, and see the many bills passed by the House that deal with balancing the budget, cutting the deficit and debt, creating jobs, decreasing taxes, etc. Hopefully, more of the public will begin to take and interest in what is happening in the Federal Govt, and begin supporting those in Congress, like Dr. Price, who speak out about legislation they see as inconsistent with the role of govt and the best interests of American citizens. Thank you.
Susan Joseph September 05, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Congressman Price has a capacity to say what he thinks voters want to hear but acts as an obstructionist to any cooperative effort. He consistently votes against any actions that effectively improves the economy, women's security, health or assurance of equal pay, safe guards of our financial institutions, and proven educational programs e.g. Head Start. His only interest is preserving his own power base, job, and the security of his financial backers.
Susan Joseph September 05, 2013 at 09:50 AM
It is easy to deflect attention from his own inaction by saying he just represents the national divide. On a local level people of various political perspectives work together all the time. They seek the common ground and move forward. No one gets all they want but the community wins. This is the opposite of Congressman Price's actions. So no, I don't believe this is a justification for his obstructionism.

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