Congressman Walberg holds tense town hall meeting

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — The heated dialog between lawmakers and constituents taking place across the country came to mid-Michigan Thursday.

U.S. Representative Tim Walberg, a republican from Michigan’s 7th district, held a town hall meeting in Jackson.

Dozens of people came to the Jackson County Tower Building to hear what Walberg had to say.

And like most of these meetings lately, there were some heated moments.

Walberg says he went into this meeting knowing that people are frustrated.

“To have a town hall meeting like this, it at least gives them the chance to hear the other side,” Walberg said.

But at times it was difficult for Walberg to get his side across as troubled constituents talked over him.

A main concern was health care.

Walberg defended his vote for the republican health care plan.

“I hope we pass it. That’s the reason I voted for it. The Affordable Care Act is melting down. So we have to fix it. If we let the Affordable Care Act continue, people will lose the opportunity to have health care. We can’t let that happen. That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing,” Walberg said.

Also front and center was the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump.

“How it was done, I’ll leave that to the pundits and the president. I think what we need to do is move forward,” Walberg said.

With investigations into Russian connections looming large, Walberg says the probes that are going on right now are enough.

“Those will continue even with the director gone,” Walberg said.

Protesters commanded a lot of attention during the meeting by holding up with signs, refusing to sit down, and shouting over the congressman.

“We’ve sat and been respectful time after time and been ignored and so at some point, the people need to find another way to be heard,” said Colleen Sullivan, a concerned citizen from Jackson. “I’ve talked to so many people in this community who are not getting answers, who are not being heard.”

Walberg left the meeting to a chorus of boos from the crowd.

Despite this tense time, Walberg believes the GOP is moving the country forward.

“We’re back to full complement. A lot of good things have taken place. These first 100 days have been massive in the proportions of the things we’ve done,” Walberg said.

Congressman Walberg is sticking around mid-Michigan for the rest of the week, making appearances in Charlotte and Spring Arbor.

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JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – People in Jackson let their opinions be heard today during a coffee-hour town hall meeting with Congressman Tim Walberg.

The session was held in the Jackson County Tower building and drew a standing room crowd.

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6 News Jackson Bureau reporter Aaron Dimick was in the room and says the comments included health care and the FBI Director situation.

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