Reps. Sununu and McIntyre
April 9, 1997
in this forum:
Is Congress too skittish about the coming budget fight? How weak is Gingrich as a leader? Is Congress focusing on "sexy" issues rather than real ones? Is Senate confirmation an inquisition? REP. MCINTYRE: How can Congress make the Internet affordable for all schools? REP. SUNUNU: By sticking by Gingrich, are you hurting America? REP. MCINTYRE: What education reforms do you see coming in this Congress?
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A question from Carl Silver of Manchester, NH:
While the Congress was out on break, it seemed the only political news talked about was how weak Newt Gingrich is. Is he weakened as a leader of the Republican Revolution? Will this impact either of you, or the House in general?
Congressman McIntyre responds:
To be honest with you, I have not spent a great deal of time focusing on the political status of Speaker Gingrich. The folks from North Carolina's 7th Congressional district elected me to help improve the quality of their lives. Toward that end, I have been working to provide additional funds for school construction, opposing cuts at the National Weather Service, and addressing health care issues for veterans. I have also been working for women's health as well as tax relief for farmers and resources for transportation needs and beach renourishment. The 105th Congress began with a pledge by both parties to work together on the issues that matter most to the American people. While we have gotten off to a slow start legislatively, I am confident that we can reach bi-partisan solutions for our nation's working families.
Congressman Sununu responds:
Although the Washington press is absorbed in discussions of the Speaker's strength, citizens at the local level remain focused on issues that make a difference in their daily lives.
During the two-week district work period, I visited two assisted living projects, a senior community center, two community action programs, and three Superfund sites. I made speeches to grade schools, civic groups, and held a Town Meeting in Bedford. The primary concern in all these places was finding ways to reduce the deficit, and make government work better for those in need.
My efforts in New Hampshire, and work on the Budget Committee, Government Reform and Oversight Committee, and Small Business Committee will continue to depend on the energy, thoughtfulness, and integrity that I can personally bring to the job.