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Texas U.S. Representative says president's actions towards gun violence long overdue

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Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 01:01


Jay R. Jordan | The Houstonian

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady R-TX, speaking at an event. Brady says the Affordable Care Act is a disaster for small business owners.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady R-TX held a town hall meeting on Thursday in order to communicate with constituents on the current issues facing the nation.

Members of the audience asked about the debt ceiling and fiscal budget as well as Brady’s views on gun control.

With a Democrat controlled Senate, negotiations about the U.S. budget and debt ceiling have become heated arguments in Washington. According to Brady’s website, Republicans in the House refuse to consider raising the debt ceiling or approve a payroll for congress until both houses pass a budget for the 2013 fiscal year.

“There are two reasons we’re pushing for the Senate to do their job,” said Brady to constituents. “One, constitutionally, [creating a budget] is their job. Second is we as a country need to see what [their] priorities are.”

The No Budget, No Pay motion is endorsed by Brady and has gained momentum as a serious answer to the lack of a budget being passed by the Senate.

Kevin Brady also spoke about gun control and the president’s 23 executive orders, and gave insight as to why he thought the president’s proposals were wrong.

“Anything we can do to enforce more strongly some very good laws that are already on the books, I actually think that would make us more safer,” said Brady.

Brady’s e-newsletter on Jan. 16 called Obama’s actions towards Hollywood and the violent film industry as getting a “complete pass” from blame for violent outbreaks such as the Newtown Massacre.

“We have a much tougher time trying to shield the violence on TV from our kids [than from video games],” said Brady. “Anything we can do to try and curtail that would be hugely helpful. Again, while protecting first-amendment rights.”

The congressman said that the president’s timing of some of his actions towards gun violence were far too late and overdue. One of the executive orders the president issued said that a director would be appointed to govern the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which until now had none.

“I would have nominated an ATF director on day one,” said Brady. “I wouldn’t have needed executive orders. I would have had the government doing that from day one.”

For more information about Kevin Brady and to contact him, visit

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