LAURINBURG — Running for a second congressional term in November, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson spoke with little concern for his own elected office as he addressed the Scotland County Republican Party on Monday night.
In his two years in the House of Representatives, Hudson has introduced two bills that have been passed by the House, including the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, which Hudson says would require the TSA to implement a technology acquisition plan and would save “hundreds of millions” if passed into law.
Hudson represents all of Richmond County in North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District. He serves as chairman of the House Transportation Security Subcommittee, said that he has worked across party lines in developing legislation.
“I started by going to Democrats and saying here’s what I want to do, and I want you to work with me,” he said. “I took some of their ideas, put it into the bill, made it a better bill, and got their support.”
Hudson, who is opposed in his re-election bid by Dobbins Heights Mayor Antonio Blue, stopped at the Scotland GOP headquarters following a fundraiser at Wooly McDuff’s Neighborhood Grille. More than 50 people attended the Republican meeting.
He spoke in support of Thom Tillis, speaker of the state House of Representatives, who is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. More than 300 bills have passed the House, Hudson said, only to be ignored by the Senate.
“My hope is, when … the Republicans control the Senate, we won’t have a filibuster-proof majority, but we will control the agenda in the Senate and the House and we can make some changes,” Hudson said. “We’ll have to work with Senate Democrats, and that’s okay, that’s the way our government’s set up to work, and we won’t get everything we want, but we will determine the agenda, we’ll determine what bills come to the floor, and we can make some progress. Let’s put bills on President Obama’s desk and dare him to veto them.”
Hudson also pointed out that the last two increases to teacher pay in North Carolina came under Tillis’ leadership of the state House.
Lax immigration policy, a consistently unbalanced budget, and weak foreign policy were among Hudson’s critiques of the current administration.
“Our allies don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us and the world is more dangerous because of it, you’re seeing that — it would be comical if it weren’t so horrifying to watch,” he said. “There are some days where I feel like I’m in Alice in Wonderland. Here we are walking around like nothing’s wrong and the world is on fire.”
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