Big Changes in the 3rd Congressional District This Week
When the 114th Congress is sworn into office on Tuesday, January 6, the Republicans will gain a greater majority than before but what will that mean when it comes to getting measures passed? On WOBM-AM's Townsquare Tonight, We were treated to a rare visit from outgoing Representative Jon Runyan and incoming Congressman-elect Tom MacArthur.
Runyan believes when the GOP takes over the house, we're going to see more legislation move off the Speaker's desk and on to the house floor for a vote. However, he cautions us not to expect much change.
"My fear is, I think the house sometimes is going to think, we can get this our way ... you know, even pushing stuff even further to the right," said Runyan.
But Congressman-Elect Tom MacArthur said the best conservative policies are the one's that actually pass and become law.
"And so we've gotta be realistic and I know what our goals are as a party and we have to achieve what we can achieve and not just have a record of rhetoric, but what Jon is saying, have a record of laws that actually move our country forward."
Like Runyan, MacArthur will serve on the House Armed Services Committee but MacArthur said it was a seat he had to fight for.
"So I went back two weeks following the orientation and I ended up meeting with virtually all thirty of the members of the steering committee and making the case on why it was so important to continue with this district's representation," MacArthur explained.
Runyan said his influence as Chairman of the Disability and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee helped usher in improvements at the Arlington National Cemetery. He said during his first visit, the cemetery was still using an old card catalog system and paper files to store information in an old building without a fire suppression system. He said now, Arlington has modernized and has gone completely digital.
"So, It is something that people are really looking to as a staple on how to run a cemetery and they're actually sending their people there to learn from em," said Runyan.
The representatives also addressed the proposed Keystone Pipeline, immigration and the future of Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst.
MacArthur said his greatest aspiration in 2015 "is just to accomplish things to get our economy moving again and get people able to go back to work. I think if we do that, a lot of our other problems can solve themselves," he said.
MacArthur's term runs until January 3, 2017.