Massie touts record at town hall meeting

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By William Carroll


U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie was in Spencer County Friday to speak with citizens in a town hall style meeting.
Massie touted several amendments to bills that he personally either introduced or sponsored. Massie explained that 90 percent of his efforts had been spent on passing a variety of appropriations bills through the House. Massie noted that while the House of Representatives passed over 300 bills, none of those bills had come to a vote in the Senate due to the actions of Senate Majority leader Harry Reid-D (Nevada). Massie expressed disappointment with the actions of the Senate and pointed out that current activities continue to push the government from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis.
“Imagine if you passed a budget in fiscal court that lasted three months at a time,” Massie said to Spencer County Judge Executive Bill Karrer. “We don’t want to shut the government down.”
Massie also spoke about three amendments he personally sponsored including one for industrial hemp, an amendment to reign in the National Security Agency and an amendment to restrict funds used to enforce gun control laws in Washington, D.C.
Massie said that he felt that the industrial hemp amendment would be important to the farmers in Kentucky and wondered why the federal government was giving Kentucky so many problems on this issue when Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana production.
On the NSA bill, Massie said that its purpose was to reign in the unconstitutional spying conducted by the agency.
“The amendment says that you need a search warrant and probable cause, which is simply what the constitution requires,” he said.
On Washington, D.C. gun laws, Massie expressed frustration that citizens cannot travel to D.C. and feel safe in the nation’s capital. He said that D.C. has the most restrictive gun laws in the country and that his amendment would prevent the use of funds to enforce what he described as the districts “unconstitutional gun laws.”
Massie also spoke regarding bills he did not support including the recent resolution supported my the majority of House Republicans to sue President Barack Obama.
“I didn’t vote for the lawsuit because I feel it is theatrical,” he said. “Why take on a lawsuit at taxpayer expense, knowing that it isn’t going to have any outcome while the person is in office?”
Massie pointed out that not only would the lawsuit be a waste of time and money but that it was a silly idea because Republicans are effectively suing Obama for something they support, namely suspending the employer mandated coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Massie also answered several questions from audience members in attendance. Specifically he focused on questions relating to bureaucratic agencies in Washington and the rampant overregulation currently in place. Massie said that he supports not only term limits for elected officials, but limits on the amount of time agency heads can remain in charge of their respective entities. Massie said that having term limits for politicians is a good idea, but will accomplish little if the bureaucrats are not removed as well.
Massie also voiced his approval of a flat tax but said that any change in the tax code would be difficult due to the power wielded by the Ways and Means Committee, which includes politicians who have done quite a bit to get on the committee. Massie suggested that the power and influence on D.C. lobbyists was too strong of a temptation to deny, with every lobbyist around the country interested in either keeping tax loopholes they already possess or keeping Congress from creating new taxes against the lobbyist’s interest.
“There is no way they would give up all the work they put in to get on the committee for anything,” Massie said.
Massie, an ardent supporter of Second Amendment rights, also stated that he has pushed a bill which would repeal the federal Gun Free School Zone Act. Massie said that the act creates populations of vulnerable people and advertises that status to criminals.
During the next Congress, Massie said that he will be appointed chairman of the Second Amendment Caucus and said that he would continue to fight to support Second Amendment rights.