PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — This region’s newest member of Congress may be the area’s most conservative.
Congressman Mike Kelly, of Butler, was a co-founder of the Tea Party movement in his area.
Making his first appearance on the KD/PG Sunday Edition, Congressman Kelly repeated many of his strong conservative views that make him a Tea Party favorite.
“When you don’t have it, you can’t spend it and you can’t give it away,” said Congressman Kelly.
Older than most freshmen and an established car dealer, Congressman Kelly says he keeps asking himself one thing.
“What if you went to Congress and didn’t worry about bringing money home,” he said. ”What if you didn’t worry about re-election and what if you only worried about representing your people the right way, how would you do it?”
Congressman Kelly says he’s troubled by the Washington habit of raising the federal debt limit.
“I have a real aversion to being able to set your own debt limit,” he said. “I can’t do it in business, and fortunately, lenders would never let businesses do that because you would have a lot of people who go out of business.”
When it comes to education, the conservative Congressman prefers that the Feds get out of the business altogether.
“I don’t really believe the federal government has any business telling us how to educate our children,” said Congressman Kelly. “I would rather see that done at the state and local level where true education takes place.”
While Congressman Kelly did not second-guess the President’s authority as Commander-in-Chief, he had blunt questions about the Libyan engagement.
“We’re trying to figure out why we’re there, what’s our strategy, what’s our end game, how are we going to pay for all this?” he said.