Rep. Flores Says Progress in D.C. Moving in "Inches, Not Yards"

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

Less than two weeks away from their deadline and the Congressional "Super Committee" is yet to agree on how to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion dollars over the next decade.

To some, it has been partisan politics. To others, it's frustrating at the very least.

Congressman Bill Flores represents much of the Brazos Valley and after nearly a year in office, I asked Flores if enough progress is being made in Washington.

"The financial position of the country is worse than I thought it was," admits Flores.

"When I was running for Congress, I knew that the country had some fiscal challenges in front of it. But as I got into the weeds in the budget committee, it became apparent very quickly that the country is in a serious financial position."

From his fourth floor office of Texas Avenue in Bryan, Congressman Flores has a decent view. It's when he looks to the future of the country that his view darkens.

"One of the over-arching messages that I hear is the way I feel, and that's frustrated. I would like to see us begin to heal the country quickly," says Flores.

He was spending a week back in the district when I caught up with him. Flores tries to get in front of as many people as he can while he's home.

It's important to him.

"I tell everybody to roll the clock back to the 2007 2010 time period. Think of all the damaging pieces of legislation that came through this Congress, or through the congresses before," explains Flores.

He wants people to know that he's trying to stop as much of the damage as possible. But he admits., he's not moving as quickly as he would like.

"We came in on a wave," he says of the freshman class of representatives. "We all thought 'okay, we're going to go up and change Washington and we're going to do it very quickly,' but it became apparent very soon that the political process, when you've got the senate and the white house ideologically opposed to what you want to do, it makes it very difficult to move in yards, you've got move in inches."

Flores claims that this Congress hasn't passed what he calls damaging legislation. He says that's a victory.

"If we could get everybody in Washington to put the American people at the top of the list, instead of politics, than we'd be a lot farther along."

I asked the Congressman if he's where he thought he would be one year in office.

"No, not really," answered Flores. He points out that he has a better grasp of what the ins-and-outs of his job is. When it comes to acutal accomplishments and legislation, he's less than confident.

"Where I'm disappointed, and what causes me the frustration, that's the same frustration I think voters feel, is that we haven't been able to repair the country as much as we thought," admits Flores.

With one year left in his term, he's hoping to stay focused.

Congressman Flores did tell me that he is planning to run for re-election. He says the voters of District 17 sent him to work, and he's going to stay as long as it takes to get the job done. Flores said when he feels that is done, he'll come back home.


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