Congressman Larry Bucshon held another town hall as part of his latest efforts to immerse himself in the concerns of the citizens he represents.
There were many vocal voices in the crowd Thursday evening, agreeing and disagreeing with Congressman Bucshon’s comments.
Overall, everyone involved feels that it was a good effort to hear constituents concerns.
“I didn’t agree with everything he said but it was good to be able to do a little venting,” says Robert Dodson.
Congressman Larry Bucshon hosted his third town hall in West Terre Haute.
Before doors opened at 5:30 Thursday evening, many lined up outside waiting for their chance to express their opinions.
“I promised him that if he had one here in Terre Haute that it would fill the room,” says Susan Edmondson. “And I think it did.”
Congressman Bucshon’s constituents are part of Indiana’s eighth district.
Those in attendance ranged from young to old, vocal and silent.
Certain topics were hot button issues for some in the crowd.
“Planned Parenthood,” says Edmondson. “Just those two words brings comfort to women.”
“If they want to continue doing that, [Planned Parenthood should] quit doing abortions,” says Republican Congressman Larry Bucshon. “That’s my position.”
“I’ve been really concerned about the issue of racism in America,” say Dodson. “I think we need to be brought together rather than to be divided.”
This event provided a chance for these people to speak directly with an elected official.
“I think it’s a good forum,” says Congressman Bucshon, “We had, actually I think a really good crowd. A good discussion. We didn’t all agree on everything but that’s what it’s about.”
The town hall lasted about an hour and a half.
Even though there was some clapping and booing, Congressman Bucshon feels this is exactly what the American people need.
“Discussions about taxes, immigration and all these things…it is very important to have gotten feedback from people I represent and what their views are on these issues,” says Congressman Bucshon. “Stories matter.”
Congressman Bucshon says he will take everything he’s heard back to Washington in September.
Bucshon says the opioid epidemic is one of the importants topics he plans to tackle in Washington.