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. Fla.Pete

    Hey Perry,aren't you a career windbag as most Repubs are and a misguided cheerleader ta boot.Go back to Texas and try to suceed from this country, dimwit.You couldn't get to first base as a congressman,more hot air from Texas...

    November 15, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. D W McCoy

    Even if Congress was 'half time' how on earth could they still have jobs in their home state if they're in Washington 6 months a year? His plan defies logic...

    "You better believe it..." This guy sounds like a poor George W Bush impersonation.

    November 15, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Grow up already...

    That's what the part time governor is used to... He's a half wit so it only makes sense he feel this way. Plus TX is better off with him gone most of the time. (I wish he would do the rest of the U.S. this type of favor...)

    November 15, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Tim Gard

    More red meat that'll never fly past the primaries. Next.

    November 15, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Paul J.

    YOU GO RICK PERRY! Perry is the person to tear down DC! Go to his website and read his plan and you decide. Don't let the media control the narrative.

    November 15, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. sara

    It you don't like our country Perry, leave. You sure made a couple millions as a "public servant". How do a governor become a Millionaire. Cronyism. Pot calling the skillet black.

    November 15, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Bob Eldridge

    I guess Perry is going to scrap the Constitution and start over all by himself. Napoleon or Stalin couldn't have done better!

    November 15, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Boisepoet

    Perry has been in one elected position or another since 1984...wonder what his definition of a career politician is, if it isn't himself.

    Why has the Republican party become a bunch of ignorant hypocrites?

    November 15, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Does Perry have anybody coaching him? Is he trying to be crazier than Michelle Bachman and more of an anarchist than Ron Paul? If that's his plan – I think it's working!

    November 15, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    will we/us be succeeding?

    November 15, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Are you kidding me ?

    Steny please don't engage Perry on his moronic idea's ! Perry is on his way out of the race , just let him keep talking ! He is digging the hole for himself bigger and bigger by the day ! Don't slow up his departure , just let him fade away !

    November 15, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. gt

    america saw what hoyer and nancy can do when in power.....ruin a country... hoyer is a left wing radical

    November 15, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. FIELD1stSGT

    Perry is certainly a man after my heart. Anything but Obama the destroyer.

    November 15, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. A disgusted former Republican

    Perry epitomizes the Texan saying: "All hat and no cattle."

    November 15, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Buford

    Perry wants to get rid of a full time congress in order to be the King. Without congress around he wouldn't have anyone to answer too.

    November 15, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. chuck weidemann

    Perry is making a petty good living off the taxpayers dollar himself.

    November 15, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. Thewwie

    Geez, I hope that whole constitutional deal doesn't thwart Perry efforts in that regard. If so, he can always to go back to his threat to secede from the union. Again.

    November 15, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. chuck weidemann

    Perry is trying very hard to get to Washington. Must want a slice of the easy money himself. Can't live on Texas tax money forever!!

    November 15, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. dc

    All this rhetoric from a man who is going nowhere; desperate like Sara Palin, and out of touch like most others. Fires from the lip with no way to do what he claims. Unrealistic. Needed? Perhaps. But he's out of touch with reality.

    November 15, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Penobscot

    The first thing I agree with Perry on. Too bad he can't articulate a sentence.

    November 15, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. John in Colorado

    Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight to the Executive Branch. The Executive Branch of government is vast and complex. It takes years for a member of Congress to master the intricacies of the executive branch that is necessary in order to provide that oversight function. If you turn Congress into a part-time body, then members will never achieve that mastery. The Executive Branch will operate without congressional oversight because that Congress will not have the level of information necessary to do so. Perry is trying to use the model of the Texas Legislature. They meet only once every two years and can only meet for 90 days. Local property taxes in Texas are horrific because the state does not do what most states do that has to get done. Local governments have to do it and they cannot do it as efficiently. Texas ranks near the bottom in most measures of a modern society. They are very high in poverty, the drop-out rate in schools is sky high. And we want that model for the national government? I think not. Perry is what is called a good ole boy. He's dumb and the elites in Texas like it that way. Heaven forbid a really smart governor get elected there who really represents the people (hasn't happened since Ann Richards may she R.I.P). To the 100 or so families that own and run Texas...a smart, populist governor would be the horror of horrors.

    November 15, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. Kirk Jonas

    Perry thinks that he can just issue an executive order and change the form of our government, such as reducing the size of the Congress.

    Memo to Perry: ever heard the term Constitutional Amendment?

    November 15, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Clwyd

    Perry has got to get in touch with reality! He's in La La Land along with the 7 other Stooges in the republican party running for President!

    November 15, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. ARTRaveler

    Perry wants to disregard that silly piece of paper called the Constitution to become emperor of the US without the brains to have any idea of what he is saying. The White House doesn't even have any money to operate without a bill going through Congress. I gvuess when the quality of your schools rank near the bottom, you wouldn't expect a cheerleader in college to have studied any of those serious subjects like Civics 101. Tea Party-is this your idea of what the country needs? If so, you are dumber than he is and that is pretty far down the scale. Forget the voter ID idea and let's go with an IQ test.

    November 15, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Good point Perry. We DON'T need Congress in session three hundred and sixty five days a year and working maybe 20. All the Congress is supposed to do is make the Laws as fair as possible, within the Constutition not the Corruption that has gone on the last 75 Years. It is way past time for "Slippery" Hoyer to retire. It is time to get the Congress out of the business of collecting and disbursing money except in National Defense and maybe a few other things. Go home Hoyer.

    November 15, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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