Jordan: Hold line on spending


U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, plans to keep middle-class families and other constituents in mind during this congressional session.

The 115th U.S. Congress began its session Jan. 3. Jordan represents the 4th District, including most of Seneca County

Jordan said he is not in favor of expanding government spending, but said he wants to help Seneca County residents and local governments when possible.

“You’ve got to understand the context,” he said. “We’ve got a $20 trillion debt. I’m not in favor of adding new programs.”

Jordan said he wouldn’t support creating programs, but said several existing programs have grant funding available.

“We’ll go to bat for our folks and do everything we can to help them,” he said. “But, we have to hold the line on spending to deal with this ever-increasing debt we’ve burdened our nation with.”

Last month, Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner mentioned plans to meet regularly with state and federal officials to increase chances of obtaining resources for the county.

“What can we do to assist you in helping us,” he said was the message to state and federal officials.

Kerschner said he hoped to foster better communication between levels of government and more meetings are to be scheduled.

Jordan said he thinks he has a lot in common with President-Elect Donald Trump and looks forward to working with him.

“Our task is pretty straightforward,” he said. “Let’s do what we told the voters we were going to.”

Jordan said he wants to focus on things he agrees with Trump on.

“Securing the border, replacing Obamacare, throwing out the tax code, getting rid of ridiculous regulations and making sure the justice department is focused on justice and not politics,” he said. “I think the other big issue, of course, reforming social safety nets. Work requirements for able-bodied people in our welfare system. I think we focus on the things we agree on and do the things we told the voters we were going to.”

Jordan said he thinks many people are frustrated with leaders in Washington, D.C., because they have forgotten about regular, middle-class people.

“It’s time to put our heads down and get to work like so many Seneca County families and business owners do every day,” he said.

Jordan had a final message for constituents.

“I think the policies that are going to be helpful are on the way,” he said. “I feel optimistic we have a chance to put in place the policies that will benefit middle-class families and benefit the whole country.”