At 8:30 AM on February 19th, a group of Auglaize Co. Patriots met with Ohio’s 4th District Congressman Jim Jordan and his aide, Cameron Warner at RJ’s Coffey Cup. The goal of this meeting was to hear from the Congressman Jordan, but perhaps, even more, that he hear from us, his constituents.
We started with the pledge and prayer, and as he has often done in the past, Mr. Jordan began by thanking our group and by extension, all Tea Party, Liberty, Patriot, etc. groups, for the work we are doing to push for true conservative principles. He also apologized for the recent remarks made by House Speaker John Boehner in regard to the Tea Party, although, he said he thought that the comments were mainly aimed at conservative advocacy groups like Heritage Action.
Mr Jordan told us about a woman he admires–Catherine Engelbrecht, who desired to clean up the fraud in the elections process in her area of Texas, and helped found the now national voter advocacy group, True the Vote. Catherine, as a small business owner, had never been audited, but after True the Vote applied for a 501 C-4 tax exemption, her business was not only audited for the first time, but had repeated visits from OSHA and the FBI. Congressman Jordan was involved in the hearings, when Catherine gave testimony in regard to the IRS targeting of conservative groups. He felt that this systematic harassment of Catherine’s business was not, as the Democrats stated, simple coincidences!
In contrast, Mr. Jordan told us that of all the thousands of lawyers available to the Justice Department, a woman named Barbara Kay Bosserman, was chosen to to be the “impartial” lead investigator of the IRS targeting. However, this woman has donated over $6000 to the Obama campaign, which is an obvious conflict of interest and undercuts the integrity of the investigation. Mr. Jordan said that this blatant violation of free speech will continue to be addressed in the Congressional oversight report.
To defend against the above scenarios, Mr. Jordan explained that the real answer is to change the dynamic in Congress, to win elections and especially to win the Senate back. The House has passed any number of good bills, but all have languished in the Senate under Harry Reid, who has basically run interference for President Obama. We have a good opportunity to accomplish a win this year by concentrating on Obamacare, but not focusing only on how bad the health care law is, but also on the introduction of patient-centered health care bills to replace Obamacare. As part of the conservative caucus in the House, Mr. Jordan and others want to establish a House Liberty Fund, which would identify and vet strong conservative candidates to run for open House seats. Dan Sullivan in Alaska and Tom Cotton in Arkansas were mentioned. This Fund would mirror the highly successful Senate Conservative Fund started by former Senator Jim DeMint.
On the subject of immigration, Mr. Jordan felt that during the recent Republican “retreat”, there was enough opposition to slow down any possible comprehensive bill, but the House is still interested in dealing with border security, the E-Verify program, a good guest worker program and a way to allow highly skilled foreign students educated in the US to remain here to work.
Jordan stated that opportunities to do more to lower the deficit and balance the budget have been lost, mainly because House leadership did not have a focused plan and the Ryan-Murray budget, which he voted against, was a grave disappointment. He said we need to save Social Security and Medicare for those already in the program, but reforms must be made for the younger generation. The conservative message needs to be communicated at the local level to families about how we can help the poor by welfare reform, and Jordan has introduced the Welfare Reform Act that would require an accounting of the total spending of the almost 80 social welfare programs currently run by the federal government. This bill would also roll back spending to pre-recession levels and be tied to inflation, as well as include work requirements.
Mr. Jordan answered questions from the attendees on various bills and said that he understood the frustration of many regarding a President who ignores the Constitution and the Congress while ruling by executive order. When asked about the possibility of an Article V Convention of States, Jordan said he would support it, if and when the necessary requirements are met.
The hour with Jim Jordan went by very fast and many more questions could have been asked, but our group appreciated the Congressman’s time and thanked him for his principled stand in the House of Representatives.