Published: Jul 09, 2014 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Curt Clawson has only been in office for about two weeks.

"It's been a whirlwind as everybody is saying," the Florida Congressman said, "and we're learning a lot and staying real busy, I'll tell you that."

While Clawson says there are a lot of areas in which he's well trained, he says he still has some learning to do. He also says House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security would not have been his first two committee choices.

"I think, longer term, I got to get on committees that impact Florida and SW Florida, more directly," Clawson said, "and I would like to be on the transportation committee, but it's closed right now."

Republican leaders look at what committees have openings and assign roles accordingly. On the homeland security front, President Obama is seeking $3.7 billion from Congress for the current immigration crisis; Clawson says sealing the border should start with communication.

"I think that we have a communication problem, an execution problem and then, maybe third, a money problem." Clawson said. "Until we solve one and two. I think talking about money maybe isn't number one on my list."

While Clawson admits his new job in congress is a lot to take in, his Florida objectives of economic growth and ecology remain the same. 


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