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Michael Grimm on Government Reform

 

 


I don't believe in government

In January, I met with Representative Michael Grimm, a newly elected Republican from Staten Island, NY. I can build some real rapport with. I didn't care about his Tea Party ties. He'd been in law enforcement and dealt with Wall Street corruption. I was sure that someone like him would really appreciate the importance of having a watchdog like the consumer agency.

When I launched into an enthusiastic description of what we were trying to get done at the agency, the congressman looked surprised. After a bit, he cut me off so he could make one thing clear: He didn't believe in government.

I asked him about the FBI, and he amended his statement to say yes, he believed in the FBI, but not other forms of "big government" and certainly not a consumer protection agency.

The meeting didn't last much longer, and afterward I kept thinking about Congressman Grimm's remark: He didn't believe in government.

Source: A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren, p.187 , Apr 22, 2014

Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill.

Grimm signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 1. Protect the Constitution:

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA01 on Jul 8, 2010

Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them.

Grimm signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington:

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality,

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA05 on Jul 8, 2010

Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced.

Grimm signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 9. Stop the Pork:

Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA09 on Jul 8, 2010

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