Congressman Billy Long Takes Questions from KOLR10 Viewers
Posted on May 29, 2013 11:12 am CDT
By: KOLR10 Newsroom
Updated: May 29, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Whenever possible, KOLR10 is going to give you a chance to hear from your elected lawmakers.
We call it "Straight Talk," and Congressman Billy Long (R-7th District) joined us on KOLR10 News at 5. See the full interview above.
Did Eric Holder lie to Congress? Some think he should step down. What do you think is going on here?
"I would like to see him step down. He has a lot of things to answer for and you can't investigate yourself."
The other big story is the IRS scandal. The agency's top leaders say targeting Tea Party groups wasn't technically illegal, but it leaves a lot of taxpayers uncomfortable. How are you answering those concerns?
"We're looking into the full extent that we possibly can. We're doing what's right. We have the committees of jurisdiction. You need to let it bubble up instead of going for a political answer. We have subpoenas out there, and we are going to get to the bottom of it."
A viewer asked about 2nd Amendment rights. What's your stand on toughening gun control laws? Do you think Americans should have any worries about losing their right to bear arms?
"We have had more emails. I answered over 50,000 emails and letters in my first two years in Congress. People in the 7th District of Missouri do not want more gun measures. They do not work. The criminals are still going to have the guns."
Another viewer brought up healthcare reform. It's very confusing to a lot of people because we're not sure how it will impact individuals. This viewer asked if you have an alternative to Obamacare.
"We are working every day on Energy and Commerce. We call in people trying to get to the bottom of Obamacare. They can't even tell us what it's going to cost. There's no way to implement it, as I can see, by January 1st."
Our final question is from Leslie Fitzgerald. She wants to know when lawmakers will sequester their own pay. Her husband's sequester cuts start in July and last 11 weeks. She says, "since Congress created the pain, shouldn't Congress share the pain?"
"We have cut back over 20 percent on our budget since I've been sworn into office. The president not only didn't want us to cut, he tried to give us a raise. We had to vote not to accept a pay raise that the president proposed. Sequestration was the president's idea. Hopefully we can budget and do away with the sequester before her husband is laid off. We have to cut spending. We're spending 42 percent more than we take in every day."