Perry, Hoyer spar over Perry plan
November 15th, 2011
06:29 PM ET
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Perry, Hoyer spar over Perry plan

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired back Tuesday after House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer questioned whether Perry's proposal to create a "part-time Congress" with fewer members and half the budget was serious.

"You better believe it, Steny," Perry said on Sean Hannity's radio show Tuesday. "We're serious."

Known for taking a strong anti-Washington stance on the campaign trail, Perry, who's making his first bid for president, spelled out his pledge to "uproot, tear down and rebuild" Washington on Tuesday during a stop in Bettendorf, Iowa.

His proposal includes creating a "part-time, Citizen Congress" that would cut current salaries in half and permit Congressional members to hold jobs in their home states. The plan would also drastically reduce the size of staff budgets and "force lawmakers to do more of their own work."

But in a press briefing, Hoyer asked if Perry's plan was a "serious proposal" during a time of high unemployment, criticizing it as a political ploy aimed at the right.

"If this is what he thinks is pandering to the tea party, it is not, in my opinion, speaking to the issues that the American public feels are very, very critical to them, jobs being the number one issue," Hoyer said. "So I don't think it's a very serious effort on his part."

Perry responded to Hoyer's remarks in two radio interviews on Tuesday, arguing the Washington metropolitan area "is the most affluent" in the country and that Congress is plagued with insider trading –all "at our expense," he added.

"It's not a surprise to me when I laid out this fundamental reform that I talk about and ask the American people to consider a part-time citizen Congress, that career politicians like Steny Hoyer don't like my plan to overhaul Washington," Perry said in an interview with Hannity. "They're making a great living up there."

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Rick Perry • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    The rich seccesionist is beginning to scare me. This is a man who started out looking half way crazy whjich is par for the course of clown candidates from the teapublikan party. I don't know if it's the stress of being in the race, knowing he has no chance in hell to win anything (and possibly lose his governoship) or what it is but every time he goes on the air he looks and acts more out of control.
    I hope that his problem is drugs. All kidding aside, really. He needs help!

    November 15, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Might work in Texas with Perry being a part time Governor .

    November 15, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. smum

    Since when a clown can be taken seriously? The GOP has lost it with these crowd of candidates. No serious American with some sense of respect for the United States of America can honestly vote for any of these Bozos. Is their hate for Obama bigger than their love and respect for this country? Unbelievable!!!

    November 15, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. nintex

    Perry is obviously grasping at any straw/talking point that he thinks will get the attention of the conservatives. Like he's going to become president and cut his own salary. Right.

    November 15, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Boehner has already created a part time house but has not cut their wages.

    November 15, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. WHOOSH

    Nothing here to see,move along people.

    November 15, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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