Author, journalist, filmmaker and Senator Jim Webb spoke at a breakfast event for around 175 executive members of the Potomac Officers Club today. He spoke about his frustration with the White House’s efforts to reform America’s healthcare system, but tempered his criticism with praise for the goals of healthcare reform and defended his vote in favor of healthcare legislation.
Some of Senator Webb’s concerns include the civilian trials of terrorists (“self-avowed enemy combatants”), the continuing concentration of political power in the Executive Branch (“This is not a Bush Administration-specific problem…”), and neglected ties with Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), an issue Webb takes personal interest in from his extensive travel and service in Southeast Asia.
Here’s GovConWire’s twittercast coverage of the event:
- Sen. Webb and the poc breakfast give a special thanks to Deltek
- Sen. Webb: “as a contractor you have to get out and hustle.”
- Sen. Webb: “both parties have different philosophies, but we need more than ever to come together.”
- Sen. Webb: “I’m concerned about the concentration of power in the exec. Branch.”
- Sen. Webb: “infrastructure would have been better target for obama admin rather than healthcare.”
- Webb on Obama healthcare push: “we lost a year…People got scared.”
- Webb: “We will protect Navy force structure”
- Webb: “n.y. terror trial doesn’t pass logic test”
- Webb: “I’m just not a fan of cap and trade, Best case would cut emissions 3%”
- Webb: “I’m very comfortable with nuclear power it’s clean”
- Webb: “we need to strengthen ties with ASEAN nations…we’re ignoring this region.”
- Webb: “that’s kind of what I’ve been up to this week.”
- Webb on healthcare “If you’re 50.1% in favor of something, you pull the lever and you live with it”