Tea party favorite Paul Broun, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2007, is expected to announce a run to take Saxby Chambliss’ seat in the U.S. Senate.
He is due to make a formal announcement Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta’s Grand Hyatt Hotel. Chambliss announced last month that he will not run for a third term, after tea party threats that the group would put up candidates to run against him in a Republican primary.
Since getting to Congress, Broun, 66, a general practice physician, has been an outspoken critic of many current federal policies. For example, he has criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for what he calls “stifling the private sector with regulation.”
“Examples of government overreach can be seen across the Obama Administration. Obamacare came with thousands of pages of job-crushing regulations. It also has been estimated that new regulations from the Obama EPA will kill more than 7 million jobs. In manufacturing alone it already costs over $10,000 per employee just to comply with the confusing and onerous rules,” he wrote in a recent release
He also criticized President Obama’s first stimulus program, saying it was 6.7 million jobs behind projections.
“Despite the tax credits, state aid, and unemployment assistance in Stimulus I, America still sits above 9 percent unemployment. That means 14 million people — who were promised that President Obama’s $1 trillion stimulus would provide them with jobs — remain out of work,” Broun said. “The promise of government-fueled job creation has proven an abject failure. A perfect example of this is Solyndra, a company that received a stimulus-backed $535 million dollar loan, despite auditor warnings, and recently went bankrupt.”
Broun also criticized President Obama’s most recent jobs plan, saying it amounts to a $447 billion “Stimulus II.” He has unveiled his own plan, H.R. 660, which he has dubbed the JOBS Act, which he said will remove burdens government has placed on entrepreneurs and the free market.
“My bill would remove the tax burden from our job creators – whether they are small businessmen, corporations, individual investors, or entrepreneurs – and allow them to do what they do best: create jobs in the private sector,” he said in a statement.
Broun is also an active member of the National Rifle Association and a staunch supporter of gun rights.
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