There’s a lot of anger between the aisles in American politics — that’s how politics is supposed to work.
But one Tennessee Representative is taking shots at everybody in Congress, including his own party.
Republican lawmaker Tim Burchett claims that his peers aren’t involved in serving the public, but that they’re just interested in keeping money they earn, while pretending to work remotely while on holiday.
He also went after his own party’s boss, Mitch McConnell, who went from condemning Donald Trump for the Capitol protests to claiming he would “completely” help him in 2024 — a step Burchett calls “pretty close” to the sleaziest move of all time.
“I suspect he’s reading his opinion polls,” Burchett said, claiming that McConnell is only thinking about his issues and prospect of being elected next term.
“This is a political town, dude,” he said. “These guys… they go to the restroom and check their opinion polls if they can use two ply or single ply toilet paper.”
Although Donald Trump says he is a lock to be the Republican nominee in four years, Burchett maintains that little in politics is set in stone.
“Four years… I mean six weeks is a lifetime in politics. Up here a weekend can flip the country,” Burchett said.
Trump promises to “drain the swamp” are essentially empty ones, says Burchett, as “the swamp consumes everybody up here.”
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“The name of the game up here is just staying in power,” he stated. “That’s the name of the game.”
“They don’t care about the country. They don’t care about the Republicans. They don’t care about the Democrats. You or me. Staying in power. ‘I want the posse. I want the airplane. I want the entourage. I want the respect. When I walk into a restaurant I want everybody to turn around.”
“You can see my entourage,” he jokes, pointing to the emptiness behind him. “I’m the 435th most powerful person in Congress.”
He said that the current level of protection around the Capitol, born from the insurrection, is merely a “facade.”
“It’s all about symbols. It’s a joke really. There is no security. It’s a joke. It’s a complete and total joke,” he exclaimed.
“It’s a façade. All it’s doing is keeping the American public out when we’re spending more money — the printers are running overtime printing all that money we’re spending.”
Even the FBI and the Capitol Police Command were called on, with one claiming there is a threat and the other claiming there isn’t.
“They gotta get their heads together. It’s a rivalry,” Burchett said. “Capitol police are good people, but I’m afraid their leadership are the swamp.”
His last tirade was directed at his Congressional allies, all of whom he said were claiming to function remotely.
“We’re not working. This is a joke man,” he said. “When we work mobily they focus in on the people, and you can hear seagulls in the background. People are at the ocean. People are at the lake. People are on vacation.”
“It’s a total farce, and the American public I think they’re wise to it. I think they’re just so fed up with it.”
Burchett revealed three weeks ago that he is working on new bills to expand access to finance, boost government productivity, and overhaul the criminal justice structures.
The legislation is part of his latest economic reform plan, which he has dubbed a “moonshot.” It is intended to revitalize underserved communities in rural and urban areas of the United States as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’ve always been someone who wants to get government out of the way of job creators and folks who are trying to help grow our economy,” he said, according to a release from officials. ” But I also know there are tools the government can use to spur economic growth. Today, I’m officially announcing my new economic policy initiative— a so-called ‘moonshot.'”
Burchett stated that he is collaborating with New York Representative
to bring the Prison to Proprietorship for the Formerly Incarcerated Act, which is one component of his initiative.
He said that it will include non-violent offenders with business advice which is intended to give those who have been incarcerated a second shot at life.
It was passed by the House during the previous Congress, and Burchett said that they want to reintroduce it soon.
He has proposed legislation to ensure that remote small enterprises had access to the Small Business Administration’s microloan scheme.
It would provide financial institutions, such as banks, with incentives to partner with rural small businesses and would mandate the SBA to provide Congress with updates on rural businesses receiving microloans.
Its goal is to ensure that all business owners, regardless of experience or position, have easier access to capital and services.
The Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act was supposed to pass the House earlier in March, but the vote was delayed twice, according to a press release.
Burchett was also recognized for his unwavering support for term limits in Congress. Aaron Dukette of U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the nation’s leading pro-term limits organization, presented Burchett with a plaque engraved with the terms of the term limits pledge he signed.
Burchett wrote in an oped, “If my brief time in the U.S. House of Representatives has taught me anything, it’s that Congress will never be fixed without term limits. I wish all my colleagues would join me in this commonsense effort, but the reality is that Congress is unlikely to term-limit itself.” He continued, “That’s why I’m hoping the Tennessee General Assembly will support a term-limits convention and pass House Joint Resolution 8 (HJR 8). Members of Congress need to be more focused on working for the American public instead of on their next reelection campaigns.”