On Wednesday, District 9 U.S. Rep. Doug Collins spoke at the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly international engagement event held at Fermob USA, just off Atlanta Highway, and was able to answer questions and give his opinion on Washington politics.
“Yes, it does look sometimes as bad as it really is on TV,” said Collins, who represents most of Forsyth County north of downtown Cumming. “But there are also some good things getting done that I think presents the business climate.”
Asked about the failure to repeal Obamacare, Collins said he hopes the bill is not dead and that the process will allow it to come back.
“It did not kill the bill. What it did was kill the process,” Collins said. “Most people think you have to kill it, and then you have to start over. Really, it did not. It just meant we were not going to move forward. At that time, [Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell had no other resources.”
As the meeting was focused on international business, Collins also spoke on the county withdrawing from or renegotiating NAFTA, which has been a focus for President Donald Trump.
“The president has made some statements about just pulling out completely. I don’t see that happening,” he said. “There are serious issues that Mexico has and Canada has, along with us that I think you will start seeing some of those that are more beneficial to the United States interests and Mexican, Canada.”
He said agriculture and intellectual property issues were among those to be discussed.
Collins said he would also like to see a change in the current set-up of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees Lake Lanier.
“No matter what senator or congressman has the Corps in their district, it’s a problem,” he said. “What we’re looking at now is how can we maybe even restructure this whole organization to move the Army’s presence maybe to the specifics of security, building – those kinds of things – and however we can transform the civilian side into a more efficient operation.”