Rep. Jerry Lewis

By PE Politics
on November 29, 2010 5:46 PM

During a telephone town hall meeting Monday night with a national Tea Party organization, Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis vowed to be a fiscal hawk if tapped to serve as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in the next Congress.

“We are sick and tired of the federal government spending our money and, one way or another, we have to get off that track and get back on the right track,” Lewis, R-Redlands, told listeners and participants of the call organized by the Tea Party Patriots.

The group is one of several from the so-called Tea Party movement pushing to slash federal spending and reduce the size of government.

That is exactly what both Lewis and one of his two challengers for the post, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., promised to do if given the gavel to the panel charged with overseeing federal spending. The third candidate, Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky, did not take part in the meeting.

Lewis has served as the committee’s top Republican for the last six years, and will need a waiver from his fellow Republicans to get around term limits and become chairman. But he argued that the last four years under Democratic rule shouldn’t be counted against him.

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