On Sunday, August 25th, 2013, Congressman Brad Sherman (D -- Sherman Oaks) hosted a town hall meeting at El Camino High School in Woodland Hills, fielding questions from some of the approximately 450 constituents who attended.
Congressman Sherman provided a brief update about his work in Congress before responding to questions about major federal issues including the economy, jobs, Social Security, Medicare, the budget, the deficit, immigration, the Middle East, as well as other issues facing Congress. There were many questions from those who identified themselves as members of the Tea Party and related groups.
In discussing the U.S. economy and foreign policy, Sherman called for tough action on China on trade issues, while cautioning against an expensive major naval deployment to the South China Sea. Sherman argued that Beijing's currency manipulation and unfair business practices have been fueling our massive, growing trade deficit with China and have kept U.S. unemployment high. While some have called for a massive realignment--a "pivot"--of American military forces to Asia, Sherman warned of committing U.S. taxpayers to billions of dollars over confrontations regarding various disputed islands between East and Southeast Asian nations.
"Town hall meetings are critical to the public policy process, providing an opportunity for me to hear about the most pressing concerns in our community and to elaborate on the work that my colleagues and I are tackling in Congress. We had a good discussion about a wide variety of issues that are important to the daily lives of Valley residents," said Sherman regarding the town hall. "These meetings are something I have always done, and will continue to do in the future. Many people hold strong opinions about the issues currently facing Congress. Hearing from Valley residents, helps me better serve them. I want to stay up to date with what Valley residents are saying, so I can continue to fight for their needs in Washington. I would like to thank everyone who came to participate."
Sherman also set up a constituent service booth at the meeting to help dozens of constituents resolve problems they were having with federal agencies. Sherman directed his constituents to his Sherman Oaks office, (818) 501-9200, for further assistance in solving problems with federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He encouraged constituents to visit his website (www.BradSherman.house.gov) for more helpful information.
On Sunday, September 15th, 2013, Congressman Brad Sherman will host another town hall meeting at El Camino High School in Woodland Hills from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.