WENY News - Rep. Tom Reed looks for middle ground in town hall meetings

Rep. Tom Reed looks for middle ground in town hall meetings

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LINDLEY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Congressman Tom Reed held two town hall meetings in his district to answer the concerns of this constituents. 

The meetings were held on Saturday in Reed's 23rd District in New York.
     
The first meeting was held in the morning from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM in the town of Belfast. 
     
Reed held his his last meeting from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in front of a full audience at the Lindley-Presho Volunteer Fire Department. 
    
"The two town halls we've had today, the discourse has been much different than what we've had before," said New York 23rd District Representative, Tom Reed. "I appreciate the passion, still. But there was more substantive exchange than we've had before and, to me, that's a positive development."
     
Among the concerns brought up were issues with North Korea and Russia, bipartisanship, climate change, the integrity of the presidential election, the recent release of Donald Trump Jr.'s emails as well as a single payer health care system.

"We have to do a better job, in my opinion as elected officials, to tell folks we're hearing them, we're listening to them and that this is a problem." said Reed. "Especially when it comes to the health care debate that's not going away. We think that this bill next week is going to take care of it. It's not done. This is just the first step of many."

The town halls are the first for the congressman since Congressman Steve Scalise and four others were shot during the Republican Congressional baseball team practice on June 14th.

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