5 Questions with Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA)
We continue our Member of the Week segment with a questionnaire with the Congressman. We want you to know the most conservative Members of Congress on both a professional and personal level because it’s important to see them as real people, not just politicians – they are citizen legislators, if you will. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) answers 5 questions, some policy oriented and some personal:
Heritage Action: What aspect of government (i.e., program, department, agency) do you want to reform the most? What legislation are you currently pushing or working on to achieve that reform?
Rep. Broun: I would like to see the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) repealed and replaced with a patient-centered, market-based, healthcare financing system. I introduced the Patient Option Act H.R.3889 in the 111th Congress that would do just that. I am going to reintroduce the Patient Option Act in the next few weeks when we finish making it even better. I believe very firmly that if the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented that it will destroy the doctor-patient relationship, the quality of healthcare in our country and will destroy our economy, including killing jobs. We must repeal and replace it with a common sense solution that lowers the cost of all healthcare goods and services and puts patients in charge of making healthcare decisions instead of a federal bureaucrat in Washington.
HA: What’s a piece of smaller legislation, or nominee, that is currently on the agenda but flying under the radar that you feel conservatives should be concerned about?
Rep. Broun: I would like to see my JOBS Act, H.R.660 passed into law and conservatives should strongly promote it because of our deep concern about the economy and creating jobs in the private sector. H.R.660 would create millions of new jobs in the private sector, repatriate over a trillion dollars, and start moving jobs back to America instead of shipping them overseas as we are currently doing. The jobs that my JOBS act would create would be manufacturing jobs as well as ones in every sector of our economy. Conservatives are concerned about how to get our economy moving and create jobs and my jobs act would settle their concerns.
HA: What do you enjoy the most and the least about being a Member of Congress?
Rep. Broun: I enjoy the people that I meet and serve as being the most rewarding aspect of my job being a U.S. Congressman. I enjoy the hard work that this position requires, but I dislike the atrocious diet that it also brings. I frequently have a bag of Georgia peanuts and a Coca Cola product as my lunch and many times as even my supper. I love the blessing and opportunity that the Lord and the people of Georgia have given me to serve them and this great nation as a member of the U.S. Congress.
HA: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in Washington?
Rep. Broun: I love to fly fish for trout and to hunt, but I have very little time anymore to do those hobbies. My desire to serve the people of Georgia keeps me extremely busy when I am not in Washington. This is my most favored thing to do and serving people is what brings the greatest blessings to me by being a member of the U.S. Congress.
HA: What do you miss most about being a kid?
Rep. Broun: Nothing. I have loved every aspect of my life as I have lived it, but I cannot think of anything that I would rather do any more than what I am doing right now.
Congressional Profile: Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)