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Gibson reflects on six months in Congress

Another thing Gibson said he's particularly proud of is restoring funding for rural broadband, something he said his own party leaders would not support him on.

"This is a very challenging situation for us because my own party was zeroing out the money for rural broadband and I led the effort to restore funding," said Gibson. "Our effort was challenging because my party leadership opposed this but I teamed up with republicans and democrats to get that passed."

Gibson said he's "enthusiastic" about this program because it encourages job growth in the 20th District.

"[It] helps expand high speed broadband to rural areas, which helps create jobs; and this is a loan program so in the end, you'll see more broadband jobs and you will see this money paid back with interest," said Gibson. "This is a win-win-win."

As far as working toward restoring fiscal responsibility, Gibson said he's done that by voting "no" on a bill to increase the debt limit because it didn't have provisions to help get the nation closer to a balanced budget. He also voted for a 2012 budget that would reduce spending by more than $6 trillion during the next 10 years.

The last pillar of Gibson's approach was to protect freedoms, something he said he's done voting to prohibit funding for Libya operations that are not in our "vital national security interests" and traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit troop sand receive military updates. Gibson also voted "no" on the Patriot Act extension" due to "unconstitutional provisions infringing on Fourth Amendment rights" and co-sponsored the "Right to Carry" act to protect gun owners' rights across state lines.

Perhaps the most significant move to protect freedoms, Gibson said, was his "War Powers Reform Act," which he testified about before the Foreign Affairs Committee and is still working on.

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