Tag: Tom Price

Price on chairmanship prospects: “I’m here to serve in whatever capacity I can serve best”

Anything can happen, but if term-limited House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) moves on to lead another committee, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) could assume the gavel when the next Congress begins in 2015.

Politico reported last month that Ryan wants to chair the House Ways and Means Committee in the next Congress, assuming Republicans maintain their majority in the 2014 mid-term election, to lead the push for tax reform.

That could mean Price, who currently serves as vice-chairman on the House Budget Committee, will hold the gavel beginning in 2015. The Georgia congressman, however, played down his prospects, noting that the decision isn’t in his hands.

“It’s a steering committee decision,” Price told me on Friday. “That’s the way that these decisions are made in our House Republican conference is that there are about 33 folks that sit on a steering committee that determine who sits on committees and who’s the chairman of the committees in the House.”

“So, we need to maintain the majority in the first place, we need to make certain that we increase our numbers in the House, and then I’m here to serve in whatever capacity I can serve best, I’m happy to do so,” he added.

The interview centered around the issue of healthcare, specifically, his legislation, the Empowering Patients First Act, a patient-centered alternative to Obamacare.

In addition to the in-depth discussion on healthcare, Price said that House Republicans are looking forward to a “very, very good year” from a policy standpoint.

“I’m really excited about the opportunities that we have to continue to put forward a budget that balances, to address the huge issues that we have as it relates to national security, and breaches of peoples privacy. Certainly healthcare is a major, major issue, and we’ll continue to lead on that score as well,” he added.

BrookhavenYES to hold reception with Congressman Tom Price

Congressman Tom Price will be the guest at a reception for BrookhavenYES on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 4-6 PM at Pub 71, located at 4058 Peachtree Road in the area formerly known as Brookhaven.

Joining Congressman Price will be State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Ashford), Rep. Tom Taylor (R-It’s still called Dunwoody, I think), Senator Fran Millar, 6th District GDOT Board Member Brandon Beach, Mayor Mike Davis of Dunwoody, Mayor Joe Lockwood of Milton and Evan Galambos, Mayor of Sandy Springs and the Mayors of Chamblee and Johns Creek.

Congressmen and car leases

Over at the AJC, Jamie Dupree notes that some members of Congress are spending rather lavishly on the taxpayer dime to lease cars (emphasis mine):

My review of what’s called the “Statement of Disbursements” from the House shows that at least 87 members of the House used money to lease some kind of vehicle for their official work.

Some of those 87 were frugal with your tax dollars – the lowest lease that I could find was by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who paid $219 per month to get a vehicle from Acme Auto Leasing.

At the other end of the scale, there were some much larger numbers for those who made a lump sum payment on their vehicle.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina, spent $24,259.64 on an automobile lease with White’s Chevrolet Cadillac, according to his office expense figures. Those payments are usually for a two-year lease, so that works out to just over $1,000 per month for a vehicle.

Also making a big payment was Rep. Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia, who spent $23,733.85 on a two year automobile lease with Sandy Springs Toyota in his home state, just under $1,000 per month.

Say what?

Rep. Price often speaks about the need to decrease federal spending. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with that sentiment; but I don’t see how he can justify spending that much on a car. Price is opening himself up for some very appropriate criticism.

Price isn’t the only member from Georgia spending taxpayer money on cars, though his is the more egregious example. Here are how other members from Georgia are spending:

  • Hank Johnson: $650.42
  • John Lewis: $578.21
  • David Scott: $519.40
  • Phil Gingrey: $470.88

Weekly Republican Address Delivered by Congressman Tom Price

This week’s Republican address is being delivered by House Republican Policy Committee Chairman and Georgia’s own Congressman Tom Price.  The full text of his speech is below the fold.

Weekly Republican Address: Chairman Price Says GOP Will Lead As “Democrats Who Run Washington Ignore Their Responsibilities”

Chairman Price: “We need to end Washington’s spending binge to reduce uncertainty, to boost confidence, and to encourage private investment in our economy”

Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) highlights the new majority’s effort to free our economy from the shackles of big government and skyrocketing debt that are creating the economic uncertainty that economists say makes it harder to create jobs.  Chairman Price reaffirms the new majority’s commitment to lead where the President has punted on addressing our most significant fiscal challenges, including entitlement reform.  Chairman Price is in his fourth term serving the people of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.  In addition to being a member of the House GOP leadership team, he is a member of the House Budget and Ways & Means Committees and a former Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.  Audio of the address is available here.  Video will be available here for viewing and here for downloading once the embargo is lifted tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.

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Tom Price Elected Chairman Of House Republican Policy Committee

The new leadership positions for members of the Georgia delegation continue to stack up.  6th District Congressman Tom Price has been elected to Chair the Republican Policy Committe for the House.   His press release:

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after being elected to lead the House Republican Policy Committee during the 112th Congress.

“It is with deep humility that I thank my colleagues for entrusting me with this leadership role,” said Congressman Price.  “Now we must begin earning back the public’s trust.  We must work diligently to remove barriers to economic growth, bring the budget into balance, rein in Washington’s excess, implement patient-centered health care reforms, and keep the country safe.  Getting the job done will take principled determination.  But I am confident that Americans will see our legislative efforts and know their voices are being heard again in Washington.
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Not all who voted against ObamaCare are (as yet) interested in repealing it

The Club for Growth has its “Repeal It!” website up and running, taking names of those Congressmen and Congressional candidates who pledge to “sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government.”

Looking solely at Georgia’s Congressmen, as of this afternoon, Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Tom Price have taken the pledge. That leaves Lynn Westmoreland, Jim Marshall, and John Barrow as having voted against ObamaCare but not yet taking the pledge to fight for its repeal. No need to mention the remainder who clearly despise federalism.

While Westmoreland is more-or-less already known as being in favor or repealing the monstrosity passed earlier this month, Marshall and Barrow would be well served to show their constituents they were not just testing the political winds with their ObamaCare vote but are committed to its repeal by signing onto the pledge.

Tom Price v. Barack Obama

Earlier today, U.S. House Republicans gathered in Baltimore for their annual retreat that featured a question and answer session with H.R.H. Barack Obama. One of the questions was asked by U.S. Representative Tom Price (R-GA) concerning Democrat rhetoric on health care legislation for which both had a few heated moments of debate followed by Obama refusing to answer the question asked.

Apologies for the quality of the audio in the first few seconds, but you can hear the entire part of the Q and A involving Price (and Professor Obama’s lecture) HERE.

After today, Price can go ahead and plan on an IRS audit.