Rep. Graves talks immigration, Obamacare and Iran
BATON ROUGE - It has been whirlwind start to 2015 for one of Louisiana's newest congressmen. Rep. Garret Graves (R) has hit the ground running since winning the run-off in the 6th Congressional District. He stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his experience so far.
"In Louisiana who have diversity in ideology from Baker to Baton Rouge (or) Central to Baton Rouge," he told News 2's John Pastorek. "Out there you have Los Angeles to these very conservative areas. The difference and variation in ideology is just unbelievable."
One of the key points of his tenure so far has been the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Based on the briefings that I've been in and the information I've been given, I think Prime Minister Netanyahu is exactly right," Rep. Graves opines. "We need to be standing with Israel. We need to be more aggressive in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear technology, and the bottom line is, that regime can not be trusted."
He also discussed the atmosphere in Washington, D.C. now that the GOP has taken control of Congress. He believes control is a relative term.
"There were a lot of people when the Republicans got the majority in the Senate (that) were excited, but they weren't aware you actually need 60 votes in the Senate to truly be in control. The House has been shuffling bills out...and the Senate is operating at a much slower pace."
Another big issues capturing headlines this week is an ongoing debate between the White House and states over President Obama's executive action on immigration. In Rep. Graves opinon, there's a better solution than the one the administration came up with.
"To allow over 5 million people to come in and to put them at the front of the line to become new American citizens, in front of the people that have been going for years through the legal process, causes some major concern," he says. "Keep in mind a lot of these people came into the country knowingly and willingly, illegally. They broke the law coming here, and I don't think you should reward that type of behavior."
Rep. Graves differs from President Obama in his view of health care. Repealing Obamacare was one of the key missions he discussed during his campaign. He's optimistic that goal will become a reality.
"There is a Supreme Court case...There's a good chance the plaintiffs could win that cause which would cause the bottom to fall out of Obamacare," he explains. "We've already been working to ensure we have a good replacement vehicle for that law."
Watch our interview with Rep. Graves for more information.