Price wants Consensus Candidate in Speaker Race

| October 19, 2015

Georgia Politics

WASHINGTON — “Top down” leadership from both parties has failed the American people and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., says Republicans need to rally around a consensus candidate who can heal GOP divisions and foster a “bottom-up” approach that gives Americans the strongest voice in their government.

House Republicans are in waiting mode as they work toward electing a new speaker of the House. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is planning to resign Oct. 30 but has indicated he would stay until a successor is chosen. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was expected to replace Boehner but abruptly withdrew his name from consideration Oct.8. Price was a candidate for House majority leader until McCarthy ended his bid for speaker and decided to stay in his current position.

While the conservative House Freedom Caucus is endorsing Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., many GOP critics of Boehner say the election of a speaker ought to be less about who takes the job and more about respecting the conservative members of the conference and fighting harder to enact the policy changes that earned the party sizable majorities in the House and Senate last year.

Price strongly agrees.

“I think the concerns are real and valid,” he said. “Everyone who goes to Washington, by and large, has given up something significant to go to Washington to try to solve big problems. The House, through Republican and Democratic leadership, has been a top-down model of leadership. That’s not the way you get things done in a manner that allows each and every American citizen to know that their representative is having a direct effect on the outcome of legislation in Washington.”

He said Republican leaders need to demonstrate that they recognize who truly holds the power.

“All of us understand and appreciate that we’re not going to get everything that we individually want, but we want to make certain that every member of Congress, every member of the House, has an opportunity to effect the outcome,” he said. “As long as that works from a bottom-up process standpoint, I think you get much more buy-in, much more unity and a greater opportunity to represent the American people.”

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