5 Questions with Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL)
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. Joe Walsh (R-IL) 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. Walsh: We desperately need to reform government spending. We need to cut discretionary spending, reform entitlement spending, and get spending down to 19% of the GDP.
One of the first things I did in Congress was to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment (H.J. Res 56). We [Congress] will not do it on our own so we have to force politicians to balance the budget.
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. Walsh: The budget resolution for next year.
The Budget Committee is required to submit a budget resolution by April 1 – even though the Senate has once again said they’re not going to work on a budget resolution. This budget can’t simply just be pegged to the numbers established in the Budget Control Act. It needs to balance the budget and it can’t just say that’s going to get done 30 or 40 years from now. This number means a lot about how serious the House will be in cutting spending this session.
HA: What do you enjoy the most and the least about being a Member of Congress?
Rep. Walsh: I have found that one of the most enjoyable things about being in Congress is going back to Illinois and being able to listen and talk with my constituents.
I least enjoy sleeping on my couch in my office and being away from my family.
HA: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in Washington?
Rep. Walsh: When I am not in Washington, my favorite activity is to spend time with my family. I also like to spend my time reading, going out to local establishments in the district, and meeting with constituents.
HA: What do you miss most about being a kid?
Rep. Walsh: I miss playing organized sports and day dreaming.