(Contributer: Anne Eller, WLMA)
South Carolina’s 4th District Congressman Trey Gowdy says the Republican Party must keep the promise it made to cut the budget by $100 billion.
What my party has to do is keep its word, fundamentally keep its word. If we say $100 billion, it needs to be $100 billion. If we say we’re going to have a balanced budget in five years, we need to do it. It’s not just about winning elections, although that’s very important, it’s also about reclaiming public trust in the institutions of government.
The GOP is experiencing conflict within for leadership only proposing $32 billion in budget cuts this year.
Among tackling these issues, the GOP freshman is getting accustomed to Congress and life on The Hill. He says he is staying between a hotel and his office in Washington, D.C. and told our affiliate WLMA that he will not get an apartment until his son has chosen a college.
My background as a prosecutor has put me in a situation where me and my wife has to watch our dimes and nickles like everyone else does and my son is more of a priority to me than my career is, frankly. So, I’m going to give him a chance to go to the school he wants to go to and once he picks that I’ll know how much money I have to spend with Mick Mulvaney on an apartment.
Gowdy laughs about that, saying that he spends most of his time in the office right now.
I’m on their committees and seven sub-committees, so the days go by very, very quickly if you show up where you’re supposed to be and attend the hearings that you’re supposed to be present at. They start early in the morning and then they end early in the afternoon. And then, I try to make it a habit, I try to make five phone calls back to the district.
The 4th District Congressman is on the Judiciary, Oversight and Reform, and the Education and Workforce committees in the House.
Gowdy says he has learned to use his experience as a prosecutor:
Because I’ve never served in a legislative body before, so when we have witnesses that come before a sub-committee or a hearing, I ask questions. I mean, I don’t cross examine them like I do a murder suspect, but I do ask questions that I think people would like to know the answer to. I don’t rely on other people’s questions.