I just completed an interview with Rep. Randy Neugebauer. He joined the 108th Congress in June 2003, representing Texas 19. The district runs from the New Mexico border eastward for almost half of Texas – 27 counties.
Rep. Neugebauer recently received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award, a 100% rating in 2009 by the American Conservative Union, 100% lifetime rating by National Right to Life, the Taxpayer’s Friend Award from the National Taxpayers Union, and was recognized by National Journal as one of the six most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s a true-blood conservative.
We discussed the need for fiscal discipline in the federal government. He has sponsored legislation to require a super-majority vote in the House for tax increases and increases to the public debt. He has fought for small businesses and family farmers – insisting that we now have an environment which does not encourage these folks to grow: There is too much economic uncertainty, an onerous tax system, and an ever-expanding regulatory environment. We discussed the bill passed by the House just today – Barney Frank’s HR 5297 “Small Business Lending Fund Act.” Rep. Neugebauer’s take: It’s another TARP in disguise.
We also discussed the recent report that highlighted Planned Parenthood receiving over $1 billion in federal monies from 2002 through 2009. We hit the sanctity of life and the need for “informed consent” (my phrase) before an abortion is performed. Of note, Rep. Neugebauer was quite clear that the churches have a role to play in the social-support structure.
The interview runs about 25 minutes.