ROSWELL, Ga. - U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., is running for his fifth term in Congress representing Georgia's 6th Congressional District, having previously served as a state senator from Roswell in the General Assembly where he rose to be Senate majority leader.
Price worked for 20 years in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon before entering politics. In Congress, Price serves on the Ways and Means Committee and is vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
He agreed to answer questions about his positions in the race.
What do you see as the key issues in this race?
PRICE: When I listen to folks all across our community, I hear a lot of concern about the real challenges facing our nation. First and foremost, too many of our fellow Americans are struggling to make ends meet because economic growth and job creation are not where they ought to be six years after a recession.
Paychecks are not keeping up with the growing cost of living - particularly under disastrous Washington policies like Obamacare. With a rising national debt here at home and violence and instability abroad, citizens of the 6th District are looking for honest and energetic leadership that will empower families and job creators while holding Washington accountable.
Your opponent says the current inaction and divisiveness in Congress has led to uncertainty and is bad for the economy. How do you respond to this?
PRICE: There are over 300 pieces of legislation that have passed the House of Representatives, most with bipartisan support, currently sitting in the Senate - over 40-plus bills specifically aimed at helping our economy grow, create jobs and opportunity for more Americans.
Inaction in the Senate coupled with disastrous policies like Obamacare, deficit spending and unnecessary regulatory oppression are indeed causing uncertainty and disappointing economic growth.
It's why I have been focused on common sense solutions like patient-centered health care reform, a balanced budget, a simpler, fairer tax code, an all-of-the-above energy strategy and education reforms that empower students and parents.
Those sorts of policies along with strong, clear American leadership around the world will lift uncertainty and help grow our economy.
What will be the big issues facing Congress in the coming session?
PRICE: We will need to build on the solutions we have already put forward to grow our economy and to get the nation's fiscal house in order - including policies that will save and strengthen vital programs like Medicare and Social Security so we keep those promises to current and future seniors.
We can lay the groundwork for these solutions by passing a balanced budget.
At the same time, it is vital that we restore accountability in Washington by asking the necessary questions and demanding honest answers from our government. Greater transparency is vital to rebuilding faith and confidence in our democracy.
An underperforming economy, Obamacare's broken promises, a complicated tax code, job-destroying regulatory red tape as well as a growing list of public health and national security challenges - including the Ebola outbreak and the terrorist army ISIS - will all require common sense, positive solutions to restore confidence and strengthen our country.
What specific legislation will you take a personal interest in passing?
PRICE: As a physician who cared for patients for over 20 years, I will continue to fight for the patient-centered health care reforms we have consistently put forward - solutions that put patients, families and doctors in charge, address the insurance challenges of portability and pre-existing conditions and save billions of dollars per year in our health care system.
Additionally, we have to get the nation's economy moving and our fiscal house in order, which means passing a balanced budget that responsibly addresses the nation's needs and priorities.