5 Questions with Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
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. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) 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. Chaffetz: I’m a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. This committee has a wide range of responsibilities. Part of our job is to make sure all government agencies and programs, and those people who oversee them, are successful and doing their job. When there are problems, we hold those in charge accountable and work towards reforming the system. I really enjoy this assignment. America has got to learn to do more with less. We’ve got to make the government smaller, smarter, and more efficient. My role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee gives me many opportunities to change and fix all sorts of agencies and departments.
One piece of legislation I’m working on particular is H.R. 828, the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act. This legislation would terminate the employment of current federal employees and prohibit the hiring of future federal employees who have a “seriously delinquent tax debt.” If you work for the federal government you have got to be paying your taxes. This legislation ensures that happens.
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. Chaffetz: Conservatives should be concerned about our individual freedoms and liberties. H.R. 2168, the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act, is bipartisan legislation which creates a legal framework designed to give government agencies, commercial entities, and private citizens clear guidelines for when and how geolocation information can be accessed and used. We’ve got to protect American’s Fourth Amendment rights. This bill does that.
HA: What do you enjoy the most and the least about being a Member of Congress?
Rep. Chaffetz: It truly is an honor and a privilege to serve in the United States Congress. The only thing that’s hard is being away from my family so much. That’s what I like least. Everything else is great. Really. I’m fortunate and grateful to represent the people in the 3rd District of Utah.
HA: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in Washington?
Rep. Chaffetz: Reintroduce myself to my family and hiking in the mountains.
HA: What do you miss most about being a kid?
Rep. Chaffetz: This is easy: Big Wheels.