POSTED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 4:51pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 12:17pm
Texas District 5 Congressman Jeb Hensarling was in Tyler Tuesday for a conversation with the press.
With all the issues facing the Congress, it was a rare chance to talk with the Chairman of the House Republican Conference in person.
These days, it’s tough to get interview time with a US Congressman, particularly one that’s in their party’s leadership.
But Congressman Jeb Hensarling is making a whirlwind tour of his district and we do mean whirlwind. We only had a few minutes to hit on as many topics as possible.
“Those are the principles I’m working for. Pro immigration, respect for the rule of law, secure borders and people who come to America not drawn by welfare checks but drawn by the opportunity.”
“That doesn’t really address the 12-million who are already here…who did come here for work,” KETK countered.
“Well we don’t really know,” he replied. “Again, a lot of people come here. I don’t necessarily consider them bad people. People are just trying to feed their family.”
“We will have a fundamentally different America if we don’t quit spending money we don’t have,” Hensarling declared.
And the recent flap over the so-called Republican Party autopsy announced by party Chair Rence Priebus led to this exchange.
“I’m not dodging your question, but I haven’t read the report,” Hensarling said.
“Well, you seen the speeches, heard the analysis.”
“Actually, I haven’t,” he contended.
“Outreach to Hispanics…does the party need to improve that?”
“Listen, I’ve always learned more from my defeats than my victories,” he finally told us. “And clearly, my party got defeated for the White House. And so, I think there are a lot of things our party could do better, there’s no doubt about that.”
And, Congressman Hensarling talked about the murders in Kaufman County.
“Well, it is absolutely a frightening situation. We are going to pledge whatever resources are necessary, however long it takes to have justice be done. Because again, this is an attack on the American justice system.”
Hensarling feels that the two parties can agree on a path to fiscal responsibility.
But it will take a lot more work, and public pressure.