U.S. 4th District Congressman Todd Rokita conducted a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Rokita said after conducting 12 similar meetings throughout the district, he is ready to take the message of the people back to Washington D.C.
“After all of the Town Hall meetings, I feel I have my marching orders,” Rokita said. “Although every Town Hall has its own personality, the message has been the same.”
Rokita said three issues are hot on Hoosier minds now.
“I hear the people wanting me to vote against the Senate immigration bill,” Rokita stated. “And, people want Obamacare stopped or defunded.
“The other thing I hear people talk about a lot is the fact we have a President that has no regard for the Constitution and thinks he can do things contrary to the law,” Rokita continued. “People are angry and worried things are not being done legally, and that includes all the way up to the Commander in Chief.”
During the hour and ten minute question and answer time, Rokita’s statement rang true as citizens asked questions concerning immigration, the Affordable Healthcare Act and the actions of President Obama.
The congressman said he believes in a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Rokita said the government must first secure the borders and enhance electronic verifications of workers to insure they have proper permission to work in the United States.
Rokita also said there has not been enough attention given to immigrants who are going through the process to enter the country legally. “The problem is with the 11 million immigrants who are here illegally,” he said.
In reference to the Affordable Healthcare Act, Rokita said he has voted against the bill 40 times and he will continue to vote against it. According to Rokita, the new law is causing problems in a several ways.
“Not only is Obamacare not lowering the cost of insurance, it also is adding to our unemployment problem in the country,” he claimed.
Rokita did describe how, in a recent meeting with the owner of a successful industrial plant in Logansport, he saw first-hand how industries are cutting back because of Obamacare regulations.
“The owner of the company told me his business is booming and most of his sales are going to China, which is amazing today,” Rokita told the audience. “He told me he will not hire a fifty-first employee. Also, he is doing everything in his power to cut back workers to under 30 hours. That is sad, but I am hearing the same story across the district.”
Rokita did not mix words when speaking about President Obama. He agreed with one questioner concerning the appearance that Obama does not respect the Constitution of the United States.
“To be honest, impeachment is the answer, but that is a political problem,” Rokita said. “Ultimately (impeachment) is a political process that is very hard to accomplish. It comes back to the people. The ultimate solution is at the ballot box. The last time we were simply out-voted.”
Rokita also said he believes the present farm bill will be extended.