Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) fielded questions from Forsyth County constituents who braved a springtime storm to attend his Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday evening. Woodall hosted the event in the Brookwood Elementary School cafeteria in Cumming.
"What's really important is that we share ideas. The exchange of knowledge at these Town Hall Meetings is vital to ensuring that Washington is hearing the clear voice of the people," Woodall said.
Woodall kept his opening remarks brief and spent most of the Town Hall Meeting taking questions from the audience. To answer many of the questions, Woodall referred to charts and graphs projected on to a screen behind him, which detailed the budget challenges facing the U.S. The charts and graphs Woodall used are available online here.
"Forsyth County residents are concerned about this nation's out-of-control spending habits. The national debt grows larger with each day. We can all agree that Washington must make tough decisions in order to preserve America's future," Woodall said.
General frustration from Woodall's constituents centers on the Senate's lack of legislative action over the last year and a half. The House has passed over 30 job-creating bills and the Senate has yet to consider any of them. The Senate has also gone close to 1400 days without passing any kind of budget proposal. Though the House passed a budget proposal both this year and last, the Senate chose to pass neither the House proposal nor a proposal of its own.
"The only part of Washington that seems to be moving at all is the House of Representatives, and while the Senate is supposed to be the deliberative body in the legislative process, it has been acting like a dead body more than anything else," Woodall said.
Woodall is home in Georgia this week for the Memorial Day Constituent Work Week. He will return to Washington, D.C, next Wednesday when the House resumes legislative business.
"I am glad to be home in Georgia and visiting with so many Forsyth County constituents. Their concerns are my concerns, and I will continue to make sure those concerns are heard in Washington, D.C."