When Tom Graves first ran for Congress four years ago, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act had just been passed, and Obamacare, as it is called, dominated political discussions.
And Graves says this year is not much different.
“It’s still the issue I hear most about from Georgians,” said Graves, a resident of Ranger.
A CNN/ORC International poll released earlier this week found that just 12 percent of Americans believe Obamacare has been a success.
Graves, who faces retired carpet industry executive Ken Herron in Tuesday’s Republican primary for House District 14, says repealing Obamacare will remain one of his top goals if re-elected. The district includes all of Whitfield and Murray counties. No Democrats qualified.
“The House passed my Defund Obamacare Act last year. It was the first bill I introduced after being elected in 2010 and I worked for four years to build support,” Graves said. “In town hall meetings and conversations across the district, the outcry to stop Obamacare was very intense. You could see the concern in people’s eyes. After the fight we put up last fall, I can confidently look my constituents in the eye and say I did everything I could to protect them from the harmful effects of the law.”
Graves serves on the powerful Appropriations Committee and vows to use that post to “cut wasteful spending and limit the size of government.”
“Many people thought it would be impossible for a conservative fiscal hawk to be on the Appropriations Committee, but it might just be the best place because I’m on the front lines of the spending battle,” he said.
He said he will also look at ways to limit government’s power as well as its size.
“I’ve heard growing concerns from Georgians about privacy rights, and so I will continue working to pass my Email Privacy Act through the House. The bill would end the government’s ability to search your old emails without a warrant,” he said.
He also vows to work to protect American industry and workers from unfair competition from abroad.
“Textile jobs are important to our region, and we can protect those jobs by passing my Textile Enforcement and Security Act. The bill would better enforce our trade laws and target fraudulent goods coming into the United States from countries like China,” he said.
Born in St. Petersburg, Fla., Graves spent his early years in White, Ga. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Julie have three children.
“I will always be a pro-life, pro-gun, tax-cutting constitutional conservative. Serving the people of this district is the honor of a lifetime, and I ask voters for their support so we can build upon our accomplishments and preserve our freedoms,” he said.
To find out more about Graves, go to www.gravesforcongress.org.