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He took an hour to tour the facility and speak to constituents Thursday morning.
"There's a lot more going on here than I knew," King said during the tour.
When talking to constituents, he praised the organizers and volunteers that keep the center operating without any federal funding.
"This is the way it's supposed to be," he said. "This is how the country works best. ... It's been ever moving toward this direction of more government, more taxes, more rules and less responsibility for all of us, rather than go to work and let those tax dollars make decisions for us."
When SDC Board President Rev. Kevin Grimes told King it took nine months to negotiate with the Internal Revenue Service for the right to sell Starbucks coffee, King said, "I have a solution for the IRS: Abolish them."
"How about a national sales tax?" Grimes quipped.
"Exactly," King said with a smile.
After touring the free medical clinic in the facility, King promoted a group of medical innovators and policy writers who are meeting to "crunch policy and clear up some of these paths that government stands in the way of."
The 10-year congressman believes having a different person in the White House will make a difference.
"We'll get so much fixed if we can get the right people in office," King said. "I've had open communication with Mitt Romney. One of the things I've mentioned before is, 'I want you to call for a mandate for a balanced budget amendment.'"
On the topic of government waste, King decried a federal program that paid $1.6 billion in cell phones and monthly bills for 12.5 million wireless accounts, as well as the use of a welfare-funded Electronic Transfer card by inmates to bail themselves out of jail.
"There are so many things coming by us," King said. "If I pick one up, there's another thousand that go by me."
Following the meeting, King took some time to answer questions about Social Security, the United States Postal Service and student loans.
King said a payroll tax holiday has put a $209 billion hole in the Social Security Trust Fund, which has also been "raided" by the government. He does not believe a solution will be found any time soon.
"(President) Barack Obama is never going to address Social Security, Medicare or debt and the deficit," King said. "Remember that speech that said, 'We'll cut the deficit in half'? It's been a long time since he said that. ... I can tell you the public wants us to repair Medicare and Social Security and fix it for the long haul."
Following the passage of a USPS reform bill in the Senate, King is not certain on the bill's status in the House.
"I don't have my finger on the internal pulse of that committee," King said. "We'll continue to weigh in and, hopefully, we'll be able to come up with a solution."
He would not take a position on the Senate bill without being able to "run the numbers myself."
King on Friday voted for the Interest Rate Reduction Act to prevent the federal interest rate on student loans from doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.
He said the bill, which is funded with health care reform funds, is a short-term solution.
"I voted for it to solve that short-term problem, but in reality, we are buying down interest rates with borrowed money," King said. "In the end, the trade-off is almost a wash. Which would you rather have: $51,000 in student debt or $51,000 in your share of the national debt?"
King also charged his opponent Christie Vilsack and the media for not focusing on what he considers major issues.
"People don't come up to me on the street and ask about student loans and bullying, but they do say, 'What will you do about Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare?'" King said. "Those are universal subjects that the public cares a lot about. This coming election needs to be on big issues that matter for the long haul. We can handle other issues as we go along."