In a speech Tuesday in Bettendorf, Iowa, Mr. Perry outlined his plan to overhaul the federal government.
“I do not believe Washington needs a new coat of paint, it needs a complete overhaul,” he said. “We need to uproot, tear down and rebuild Washington, D.C., and our federal institutions. It’s time to create a part-time Congress where their pay is cut in half, their office budgets are cut in half, and their time in Washington is cut in half.”
Terrible idea Mr. Perry. Having worked for a Congresswoman, I can honestly say that one of the problems in Washington is Congress members going back to their districts too often and not working enough in D.C.
Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking democrat in the House next to Nancy Pelosi (whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting), lashed out at the Perry plan today to limit Congressional work hours. Hoyer believes a part-time Congress will not have the ability to cut the record deficit or to create jobs.
“Is this a serious proposal he’s making for a country that has very high unemployment, who’s budget deficit is larger than it’s ever been in history, which has two wars that we’re confronting and trying to bring to a conclusion?” Mr. Hoyer said of the Republican presidential hopeful.
“If this is what he thinks is pandering to the Tea Party, it is not in my opinion speaking to the issues that the American public feels are very, very critical to them, jobs being the number one issue,” Mr. Hoyer said. “So I don’t think it’s a very serious effort on his part.”