Price’s spokesman said this week that the 6th District Congressman would be too busy for an interview with the Journal, but in emailed responses, Price acknowledged that the looming “fiscal cliff” would do tremendous harm to the United States economy and military. The fiscal cliff involves tax increases and deep government spending cuts, many involving the military, which would go into effect if an agreement isn’t reached by the start of 2013.
“It would make irresponsible and indiscriminate cuts to our nation’s defense capabilities at a time when we face enormous challenges abroad,” Price, 58, wrote. “It would weaken our economy by raising taxes and taking more money out of the pockets of struggling families and small businesses.”
Price wrote that House Republicans have passed a plan that would stop a tax increase while putting the country on a path to “real” tax reform.
“Ours is a responsible plan, and we hope the president and Democrats will be willing to come to the table so we can get these solutions into law and solve these challenges,” he wrote.
With military-related employers like Lockheed Martin and Dobbins Air Reserve Base having numerous workers in the 6th District, which includes parts of east Cobb and north Fulton and DeKalb counties, Price wrote that Congress must do what it can to protect jobs.
“We must do all we can to ensure Washington is spending taxpayers’ hard-earned money efficiently and effectively,” he wrote. “That means looking at every part of the budget, including military spending, to eliminate waste, cut what is not needed, and prioritize appropriately. One of the federal government’s primary functions is to protect and defend the American people. We must have the best tools, equipment and resources for the brave men and women who serve.”
Other major issues that Price, an orthopedic surgeon who was first elected in 2004 after serving as Georgia’s first Republican Senate majority leader, sees as crucial are fighting against the implementation of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, instead preferring a “patient-centered approach,” and showing stronger leadership in foreign policy.
“That means we stand with our friends like Israel, we never lead from behind like the president has chosen to do,” Price wrote.
Of course, the role of Congress can vary depending on whether Obama or Republican Mitt Romney wins on Nov. 6.
“In the House of Representatives, we have put forward positive solutions to address the economic crisis, our debt, taxes, energy and more,” Price wrote. “President Obama has, for the most part, chosen to ignore our efforts without offering real solutions of his own. Under a President Romney, we would see a leader willing to work with members of both parties — as he has done in the past — to get this nation back on the right track.”
Even if Obama is reelected, Price acknowledges there will need to be immediate bipartisan agreement on the fiscal cliff in order to save jobs and stop a large tax increase. He said that, moving forward; Americans will want to see solutions on other issues, as well.
“Republicans have put positive proposals on the table that speak to the challenges we face as a nation,” he wrote. “We will continue to call on President Obama to come to the table, bring his own set of ideas, and let’s work out our difference and get the work of the American people done.”
Price is heavily favored in his race against Kennesaw-based business consultant Jeff Kazanow in the Nov. 6 election. As of July, Price reported more than $1.7 million in cash on hand with the Federal Election Commission, while his Democratic opponent had $2,786.
“It is a privilege and an honor to serve the people of the Sixth District of Georgia,” Price wrote. “I work everyday to earn their trust and confidence. As has always been the case, I look forward to sharing, in this campaign, a positive, principled vision for a stronger America and to lay out the solutions that will get us there.”