LIMA — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award at an event held at Veterans Memorial Civic Center Thursday given in recognition of his support of business growth policies.
Jordan voted with the chamber’s position 93 percent of the time. The award is given to any member of Congress voting with the chamber’s stated position more than 80 percent of the time.
During the event, Jordan spoke briefly and then answered questions — from tariffs to infrastructure — asked by the audience.
“The founders in their wisdom wanted this (The House of Representatives) to be the one closest to the American people. That’s why I always tell folks, ‘Every two years, you all get a chance to throw me out.’ That is good, that there is that direct relationship,” Jordan said. “You can’t represent unless you talk to people.”
Omnibus Spending Bill
“Process was bad. Policy was bad. Everything was bad about that bill, with the exception of the military was treated in an appropriate fashion. The troops got a pay raise. In the Constitution, the one area we’re supposed to pay your tax dollars is on national defense. That was the one good element,” Jordan said. “We got the final package, the final 2,232 pages, 15 hours before we voted on it. And the policies in it — we funded things we said we wouldn’t, didn’t fund things we said we would. In no way was it consistent with what we told the American people we were going to do. That’s why I criticized it in such a strong manner.”
Changing bill process
“You don’t necessarily need to say you need a different legislative process in place. You just need to have the political will to do the right thing. That’s the main concern. Unfortunately, I don’t think a lot of my colleagues have that right now.”
“This fundamental issue in the campaign was we talked about building a border security wall, so we should build a border security wall — just like we told the voters. Unfortunately, the Democrats go crazy when you try to get that policy done.”
National Guard on the border
“The president’s right. Look, we got to have control about what’s going on there. And the American people understand that this is just good common sense.”
Redrawing Ohio’s 4th Congressional District
“The system Ohio has is good. There’s making some adjustments to that, but (State) Sen. (Matt) Huffman knows what he’s doing. ”
“The left wants to change it because they want some commission, some non-partisan commission, to draw the lines. When you start creating commissions, they are further removed from the voters, and that’s a problem in my judgment.”
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