Rep. Mike Gallagher discusses health care, government shutdown, foreign affairs

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-8th District, speaks May 9, 2017, on Good Day Wisconsin. (WLUK image)

(WLUK) -- Freshman U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-8th District, sat down with FOX 11's Robert Hornacek on Good Day Wisconsin Tuesday. Gallagher talked about several issues facing the country including health care and the federal budget.

“I voted to advance the debate forward because nothing is not an option,” Gallagher said about his support for the health care bill narrowly passed by the House. “I mean, look at what’s happening in the health insurance industry across this country, it’s collapsing.”

“I get that this is a very difficult issue. I think politicians in both parties should have a bit more humility about our ability to design a silver bullet solution. But stopping the debate is not the right answer," Gallagher said.

Gallagher voted against a recent spending plan that keeps the government funded through September.

“Using an omnibus to fund the government is the essence of bad government,” Gallagher said. “They presented the bill on a Sunday night. We were expected to vote on a 1,700-page piece of legislation 48 hours later. Congress need to get away from that process and restore regular order.”

Gallagher also addressed military spending, the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and the tensions with North Korea.

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