Rep. Kinzinger Kicks off Town Hall Meetings

By WEEK Reporter
By Anna Yee

January 29, 2011 Updated Jan 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM CDT

United States Representative Adam Kinzinger hasn't even been in office for 30 days yet, and Saturday, he kicked off the first of seven town hall meetings.

About 150 people showed up at Bloomington City Hall to voice their opinions on balancing the budget and other issues.

Congressman Kinzinger did focus on "the return to rational spending."

He explained that by cutting discretionary and defense spending, our country could dramatically lower our $3.3 trillion deficit.

Kinzinger also addressed the Republican healthcare repeal without "the extremes of the Obama Plan."

"Progress is definitely being made," said Rep. Kinzinger, (R) IL of the 11th Congressional District.

"Again, we voted to repeal the healthcare bill. That was an early step, one we promised to America," he continued. "We're restoring representation. Bills are going to be online for 72 hours now, so people can see them before we vote on them."

"I think he's going to work very hard on unemployment issues," said William Caisley, an attendee and McLean Co. Board member, "And I think he'll work to balance the budget, and those are all priorities for me."

Congressman Kinzinger also emphasized the beauty of our democracy, where people of all parties can debate freely and respectfully.

Kinzinger says that's something he hopes to see grow at the next handful of town hall meetings.

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