(CNN) – Revelations that the IRS targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status has re-energized the Republican-led fight to repeal Obamacare.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, told CNN he believes the actions of the IRS are illegal and unconstitutional.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, won't run for Senate in 2014, he announced in a statement Friday.
"As of today, it is my intention to offer myself for re-election to represent the citizens of the 6th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives in 2014," Price wrote. "I look forward to continuing the battle to preserve fundamental principles that allowed us to become the greatest nation in the world."
(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan, now one of the highest profile Republican congressmen following his bid for vice president, is backing Rep. Tom Price for a top role in the House GOP leadership over the top Republican woman in the House, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
In a letter to colleagues, obtained by CNN Tuesday, Ryan says Price is "uniquely qualified for the job of [Republican] Conference Chairman."
(CNN) – Lawmakers expressed shock – and a desire for more information – after Gen. John Allen, the top American military commander in Afghanistan, was ensnared in a growing scandal that brought down CIA director David Petraeus at the end of last week.
"Disturbing is the word that has come to my mind since all of this has come to light," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
(CNN)–President Obama turned his attention to education during his weekly address as he discussed another aspect of how he believes the nation can "win the future." Obama acknowledged that "Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school."
He delivered the address from outside Portland, Oregon, while visiting Intel, a company that he said models how "instead of just being a nation that buys what's made overseas, we can make things in America and sell them around the globe.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Tom Price on Friday welcomed the "Party of No" critique that has been leveled at his party by national Democrats, but added he thought the label is "a little silly."
"This charge of saying no doesn't really bother me at all," Price told conservative activists gathered in Washington for the Conservative Political Action Conference. "In fact, I actually vote no a lot," the Georgia Republican said to applause and cheers.
Price, who is the leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee, rallied the CPAC crowd by ticking off a number of Democratic initiatives that he has voted no on.
"When Democrats borrow a trillion dollars for a pork filled stimulus, we stand up and shout 'No!'" Price said. "When they want to raise our taxes, increase our debt, take over our health care, what do we shout?" The crowd didn't hesitate: "No!"
Price, an adamant critic of the expansion of the federal government and of the Obama administration, echoed a sentiment oft-uttered at Tea Party rallies around the country: "We must take our country back."
"Take it back from a vile liberal agenda that is threatening everything we hold dear as Americans," Price said.
(CNN) - Georgia Rep. Tom Price, just back from Afghanistan, told CNN Monday that President Obama must sound resolute about his commitment to winning the war in Afghanistan when he unveils his military strategy for the country Tuesday evening.
"If he says that he's going to commit 32,000 or 34,000 more troops and maybe it will work or maybe it won't, that's not the message we need to hear or the world needs to hear," said Price, a Republican who spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Afghanistan. "What the world needs to hear is he's going to commit the number of troops necessary and accomplish the task and mission of keeping the American people safe. That's the most important thing."
Ultimately, Price said, success in Afghanistan could come down to the tone of the president's message when he announces his Afghanistan plan in a highly-anticipated speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
"If he talks about an exit strategy only and if he talks about benchmarks in terms of calendar time lines, that's where the challenge is because the Afghan people are hedging their bets," Price said. "They are not certain America is committed to prevailing in this mission. If the president is very resolute and very specific about what he believes the mission is and what can be accomplished, I think we'll be fine."
In the speech, Obama will explain why the United States is in Afghanistan, its interests there, and his decision-making process, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said last week, adding that the president "does not see this as an open-ended engagement."
"Our time there will be limited, and I think that's important for people to understand," Gibbs said.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republicans changed course on Wednesday and decided not to move forward with a resolution condemning Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, for saying that the GOP health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."
"It's a very simple plan," Grayson said in a floor speech about health care on Tuesday night. "Don't get sick. That's what the Republicans have in mind. And if you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly."
Tom Price, the Georgia congressman who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee, announced Wednesday morning that he would introduce a resolution condemning Grayson for breaching House decorum.
But a few hours later, Price decided to hold his fire and give Grayson a chance to apologize to House Minority Leader John Boehner for his remarks.
"We thought that we would give Congressman Grayson an opportunity to do the right thing and recognize the comments that he made were disrespectful to the House and to the decorum," Price told CNN.
Price said Grayson, who hails from a conservative district in central Florida, "has maligned half, if not more than half, of his own constituents" who are Republican.
Asked if he will introduce the resolution if Grayson refuses to apologize, Price said "we'll certainly consider it."
(CNN) - Georgia Republican Tom Price, the chairman of the House Republican Study Committee and a medical doctor, came out against current proposals of a nonprofit health care cooperative to compete with private insurers, calling it "simply another name for a public option."
"The specifics of including a co-op are murky at best. Any Washington control over such a structure would raise immense concern," Price said in a statement. "Patients should be wary of a wolf in sheep's clothing."
The statement from Price, a leading critic of Democratic efforts to pass a health care reform bill, could indicate the inclusion of a health care co-op instead of a public option will likely do little to attract Republican support for the bill in the House.
"Health care reform should start and end with empowering patients," Price also said. "We welcome any discussion of new ideas that will bring patients closer to the care they need without government getting in the way.