Republicans look for control of at least one branch of Congress
Republicans are close to regaining control of Congress in the next congressional elections in 2022, according to Seventh District Congressman Mark Green,
At the April 5 meeting of the Giles County Republican Party, Green also criticized the results of those who stormed the united States capital building on Jan 6 but suggested that causing damage and doing harm may not have been the intent of everyone.
While some protestors dressed in costumes more appropriate for a toga party, he also said, ” what they did was wrong,” referring to the damage and bloodshed.
Green, whose district extends on the north from Montgomery County and the Kentucky state line to Giles County and the Alabama state line on the south and other counties in West Tennessee, said, nationally, Republicans gained more seats in the United States House of Representatives instead of seeing their numbers fall in the 2020 election.
Green encouraged those present to help support Republican candidates, even those from outside their districts and home states in the 2022 elections when all U.S. congressmen will be on the ballot.
“We’re in a good place to pick up seats in the house. The senate will be a little harder, but we will take back the house,” he said,
He also was critical of the voting rights bill, known as HR-1 in the House of Representatives or S-1 in the Senate, whose opponents fear would allow national automatic voter registration among other things.
“This is a power grab in Washington, D,C. to put the elite left in power. It’s time we stand up to the bullying that is going on,” he said.
“The left wants power concentrated in Washington.”
Another piece of legislation, the Equality Act, is targeted at people of faith, Green said,
Thirty states, he said, account for 267 congressional seats. which helps Republican chances,
Had the Republicans carried a few more states, they might have gained control of the House of Representatives, he said.
Giles County Party Chairman Chris Morris was re-elected to a two-year term at the meeting. Also elected were Annelle Guthrie, vice chairman; Derek Rowe, secretary; Bill Wendt, treasurer; Chuck Boggs, vice treasurer. Greg Webster continues as immediate past chairman.
In other comments:
• Green said he favored keeping Nashville-Davidson County as a separate congressional district instead of dividing parts of it among other districts such as the seventh district, represented by Green or the fourth district by Rep. Scott Desjarlais.
The issue has arisen as the State Legislature considers redistricting, based on the 2020 federal census. The state House of Representatives and the State Senate have huge Republican majorities and will consider any changes proposed in boundary lines, which are determined by population.
Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper represents the Fifth District which includes Nashville and Davidson County.
• Rosson Adams, an elementary school pupil from Giles County, read aloud a reply to a letter he had received from President Trump.
• Green’s service on the House-Senate Conference Committee for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was discussed. The committee is to reach agreement on Senate and House defense authorization bills, which then can be submitted into a final version.
• Scott Goldin, chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, attended the meeting at Richland Market, Highway 64 West.
• May 3 is the next scheduled county party meeting.
• Planning is underway for the Giles County Republicans’ annual (Abraham) Lincoln, (Ronald) Reagan and (Donald) Trump annual fund raiser.