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 Elizabeth Rozier of Asheville, NC:
The pace of Congress
Some people have criticized the slow pace of Congress. Even this week you are voting on a fairly "sexy" but narrow piece of legislation - the bill to prevent federal funding of Assisted Suicide. Is the House becoming too obsessed with these kinds of bills and not doing the things that would affect most people?
Congressman Sununu responds:
During the first three months of this Congress, we have worked at the same pace as the 103rd Congress. (Everyone agrees that the pace of the 104th Congress was extraordinary). We've passed about two-and-one-half bills per day and been in session eight fewer days because the Easter recess occurred so early this year.
Equally important, we have voted on a number of substantial measure this year already. These include term limits, the Family Flexibility Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and a resolution establishing criteria for balanced budget plans submitted by both the President and Congress. Next week, votes will be taken on limiting the ability of IRS employees to review personal tax files without authorization. These bills will have a long and significant impact on our economic growth potential, cost of living, and the quality of life future generations enjoy.
In the coming months, we will take action on highly important measures now in their respective committees: energy deregulation, National Transportation and Highway Spending, and Superfund reform.
Congressman McIntyre responds:
When I first came to Capitol Hill in December following my election, I met with Speaker Gingrich and Minority Leader Gephardt regarding the Congressional agenda for the 105th Congress. They both assured me that this would be a Congress of implementation rather the confrontation that marred the last session. I am still confident that this will be the case, despite the criticism of the majority leadership for bringing very little legislation to the floor thus far. Everyone in Congress realizes the important role we have in plotting a productive course for this nation as we move toward the dawn of a new century, and I am very much looking forward to earnestly debating the issues that are of utmost concern to all Americans like Social Security, Medicare, and a balanced budget in the coming weeks.