N.C. Rep. George Holding finding his way and not afraid to say ‘no’
By Renee Schoof
Posted: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013
Olivier Douliery - Abaca Press/MCT
Congressman George Holding (R-NC) looks on during a Foreign Affairs Joint Subcommittee hearing on breaking the Iran, North Korea, and Syria
WASHINGTON--George Holding promised voters he’d go to Washington to cut spending, and four months into the job, he hears pitches for what sound like good programs.
But his answer is often the same:
“Sorry. But no.”
As a member of Congress, Holding has had chances to make good on his promise to cut spending. He voted against $33 billion in supplemental spending for Superstorm Sandy relief, and against an estimated $46 million proposal to preserve Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields. He said he opposed the Sandy supplemental bill because some of the money was for non-emergency spending unrelated to the storm. But he supported legislation that sent immediate aid for the storm victims.
Like every member of Congress, Holding is constantly besieged with requests. He recent heard a plea from the American Heart Association for $35 million to pay for a campaign to warn people about the signs of high blood pressure. It isn't part of a bill, so he didn't have to decide right away. The group said the money could help save 1 million lives.
“That sounds great, but where’s the money coming from?” Holding said in an interview later. “ You've got to say ‘no’ somewhere.”(bold mine) It's about time we had a representative that held the porked-up federal government to accound.
I immediately wrote Rep. Holding this email, thanking him: