The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 17, 2013

Hill says no reason for government shutdown

By Budd McLaughlin

— Jerry Hill wasn’t fazed by news the U.S. Senate  reached agreement to end the government shutdown and avoid a possible default. The House was expected to vote on the measure backed by Speaker John Boehner and other top Republicans Wednesday night.

Hill, 72, is seeking the Republican nomination for the Fifth Congressional District seat held by Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville in the June 3, 2014, primary election. The general election is Nov. 4, 2014.

Like a number of other Republicans, Hill said the situation shouldn’t have happened.

“There’s just no reason why the government should be shut down. Period,” he said. “It seems they like to keep things in a crisis situation. They want to create a crisis so people will thank them when it’s settled.

“I don’t think people will be thanking them this time.”

Hill, of Town Creek and a decorated Green Beret veteran of Vietnam, said he didn’t think Brooks was thinking of his district when he joined a group of Republican congressmen who were for the shutdown with demands to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“They’re the ones that demanded defunding Obamacare,” Hill said. “I don’t necessarily like it, but it’s the law of the land and you can’t let the country go down the drain because you don’t like it.

“District 5 is dependent on government spending and, as one of 435 (members of the U.S. House), you have to create friends to get something done.”