Price elected to lead House Republican Policy Committee

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., was this week elected to lead the House Republican Policy Committee (RPC) during the 112th Congress.

“We must begin earning back the public’s trust,” Price said in a statement. “We must work diligently to remove barriers to economic growth, bring the budget into balance, rein in Washington’s excess, implement patient-centered health care reforms and keep the country safe.

“Getting the job done will take principled determination,” Price added. “But I am confident that Americans will see our legislative efforts and know their voices are being heard again in Washington.

Price chaired the Republican Study Committee for the last two years. The RPC “offers a unique opportunity for participation by members whose legislative ideas do not in every case coincide with their committee assignments, as well as an especially useful mechanism for addressing important issues that cut across committee jurisdictions,” according to the group’s website.

“As chairman of the Policy Committee, I will work with all interested members of our Conference to generate bold policy initiatives and make a public case for their adoption,” Price said. “We will be a valuable resource to bring representatives together with coalitions who can assist in the formation of forward-thinking solutions.

“And because legislators hold no monopoly on good ideas, the Policy Committee will also seek out the input of those outside of government with experience and insight into the questions at hand,” Price added.

Price replaces U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., as the chair of the RPC. In a July interview with Fox News, McCotter proposed eliminating the RPC.

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