A candid conversation  with Congressman Allen

CONGRESSMAN RICK ALLEN (CENTER) IS SHOWN WITH HIS STAFF MEMBERS KIRK BOWEN (LEFT) AND CAM SHEPHERD (RIGHT) AT THE BAXLEY NEWS-BANNER LAST THURSDAY.

U.S. Congressman Rick Allen stopped by The News-Banner office last Thursday to update the newspaper on current happenings in Washington and what he has been doing while representing the citizens of Appling County and U.S. House District 12.

“I just got off the phone with a debriefing on Afghanistan,” said Allen as he took a seat in this reporter’s office. “I’ve been told that the Taliban has said that other countries can come get their people, but Americans were told not to come get their citizens.”

“We also left behind all kinds of equipment, including Blackhawk helicopters.”

“How many?” I asked.

“Well, let me put it this way. The Taliban now has more Blackhawk helicopters than the entire armed forces of Australia,” Allen answered.

The conversation continued on about Afghanistan and I asked the congressman how he felt President Biden and the administration had handled the situation.

“It is a total dereliction of duty,” the congressman answered. “As a commander in chief, I believe he (Biden) has created the most problems in our history.”

“So why has there been no articles of impeachment introduced against the President or calls for his resignation?” I questioned.

“I guess because we (republicans) don’t have the majority,” Allen answered. “In addition, if we do impeach him, look at what we got behind him. If we get rid of her (Vice President Harris), then it goes to House Speaker Pelosi.”

Congressman Allen reported he has been contacted by 122 families living within the 12th District seeking help to get a family member home from Afghanistan.

The discussion then turned to the 2022 elections. “We (republicans) believe there are about 50 democrat house members who are in trouble and could possibly be unseated in 2022 and we are working hard to retake the House of Representatives.”

Congressman Allen then talked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s push for a $3.5 trillion dollar spending bill. I asked Allen how America pays for such a large spending bill. His response was simple. “We don’t.”

This prompted a question as to when, if ever, would congress pass a balanced budget or what it would take to pass a balanced budget. I suggested the possibility of a Convention of the States and demand congress pass an annual balanced budget, and Allen agreed that this would probably be the only way it would ever happen.

The congressman shared that in the last seven months security at the U.S./Mexico border has broken down to the point that illegals are basically coming across whenever they desire. He stated that human and drug trafficking is at an all time high and is quickly becoming a serious crisis for our country.

On the topic of COVID-19 the congressman stated that people should consult their doctor for the best possible advise on whether or not to receive the vaccine.

I asked if house republicans were looking into where the virus originated and Allen said, “We (republicans) want a complete investigation into the Wuhan (China) Lab and the democrats don’t want to touch it.”

If you would like to contact Congressman Rick Allen, his main telephone number in Washington is 202-225-2823. The Statesboro office number 912-243-9452. While members of congress basically do not advertise their email addresses anymore, you can go directly to https://allen.house.gov and can send him a message directly through the contact menu found on his website.