5 Questions with Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH)
We continue our Member of the Week segment with a questionnaire with the Congressman. We want you to know the most conservative members of Congress on both a professional and personal level because it’s important to see them as real people, not just politicians. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) answers 5 questions, some policy oriented and some personal:
Heritage Action: What aspect of government (i.e., program, department, agency) do you want to reform the most? What legislation are you currently pushing or working on to achieve that reform?
Rep. Jordan: We currently have a system of government that believes when it comes to helping poor and low-income Americans, the more programs the better. Under this model, we will spend another $10 trillion over the next decade based on recent projections. The Heritage Foundation has done extensive research to show that this is not the way to help families. Our country needs a welfare system whose goal is to help people quickly reach the point where they no longer need welfare and can provide for themselves, not one in which multiple departments and agencies manage programs that waste money through overlap and inefficiency.
At the Republican Study Committee, we have introduced the Welfare Reform Act, which builds on the reforms of 1996 by requiring food stamp recipients to either work or prepare for a job, helping them to become independent of government assistance. The bill also gives taxpayers a clearer picture of national welfare spending and returns the federal welfare budget to pre-recession levels after unemployment falls to 6.5%. You can read more about it here.
HA: What’s a piece of smaller legislation, or nominee, that is currently on the agenda but flying under the radar that you feel conservatives should be concerned about?
Rep. Jordan: I am very concerned about the pattern of cronyism that exists in this administration. Government should not pick winners and losers in the private sector. Giving hard earned American tax dollars to preferred “projects” is not what the government should be doing and is not consistent with the United States constitution.
HA: What do you enjoy the most and the least about being a Member of Congress?
Rep. Jordan: Working with other conservatives! I have the privilege, not only of serving the 4th district of Ohio, but serving with other conservatives in pursuit of the policies that will help Americans. We believe our country is best with a strong national defense, a culture that supports families and a government that lets taxpayers keep more of their money. Our job is real simple, to do what we told the voters we were going to do – stop the spending so that the next generation can enjoy this wonderful thing called America.
The only downside to the job is being away from my family in Urbana, Ohio.
HA: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in Washington?
Rep. Jordan: Spend time with family! My parents, my wife Polly’s parents, her three siblings and one of my two siblings all live within five miles of each other back home. Spending time with them and watching our kids compete in their respective sports is what I enjoy most.
HA: What do you miss most about being a kid?
Rep. Jordan: Recess and gym class – kickball, football and a “few” fights on the playground – those were the good ol’ days.