Congressman Bill Young Speaks at Suncoast Tiger Bay and Hints at Plans for Re-election

01/25/10 Concetta DeLuco
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At the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting this morning, US member of Congress Bill Young discussed a variety of contemporary issues and hinted at the possibility of his run for re-election against State Senator Charlie Justice.

At least a hundred Tiger Bay Club members packed in the room at the Hilton in Largo to hear Bill Young speak. Young, a Republican, represents Florida’s 10th District, parts of Pinellas County. He has held his seat in US House of Representatives for 40 years and is a former chair of the Appropriations Committee. One of the first contentious issues he addressed was the federal budget. According to the Treasury Department, national debt is more than $12 trillion. Young said the solution is simple. The US needs to start paying back its debt.

Healthcare reform has been an increasingly hot issue between Democrats and Republicans over the past several months. Young said he is against the healthcare reform bills that passed the House and Senate.

And the member of Congress said he is not pleased with the way the House majority leaders are trying to get their healthcare reform plans passed.

Tension over healthcare reform has further increased since the election of US Republican Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Brown is a staunch opponent of health care reform and his election can prevent the passage of the bill. Brown's victory was the third major loss for Democrats in statewide elections since Obama became president. Republicans won governors' seats in Virginia and New Jersey in November. Hinting at his possible run for re-election in 2010, Congressman Young said he expects the people will be electing a lot more Republicans in the future.

State Senator Charlie Justice is a Democratic candidate for Young’s congressional seat in the 2010 election. 39 year old, Justice, from St. Petersburg is 40 years Young’s junior, but he has 3 decades less experience. Young has yet to announce that he will run for re-election.

Both Young and his wife Beverly, who wore a Support the Troops shirt at the meeting, have promoted better veteran care. And on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Young said things are looking up. Last week the last marine unit vacated Iraq, but he said the war is not over yet.

More information about Congressman Bill Young’s stance on healthcare and other issues can be found on his website

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