Listening to the People

By: Ben Stanfield Email
By: Ben Stanfield Email

Senator Richard Shelby is spoke at four different locations in southeast Alabama Saturday in an effort to inform and listen to those he represents in Washington.

It was a town hall meeting of sorts at all four stops.

Senator Shelby started in Banks just north of troy this morning, then he shifted south to Elba before winding up in Andalusia and Luverne later this evening.

The citizens of Elba turned out with questions on a variety of different matters, and senator Shelby was happy to answer.

He serves as a senior member on the senate appropriations committee. His career in Washington has been focused on ways to get America out of debt. Saturday he told the residents of Elba ideas on how to fix financial issues.

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"I use my breaks as a method to come back home, and talk to the people of Alabama,” Shelby said. “I want to listen to the people of Alabama. I have had over 1,600 meetings, and I think it's good for me to come home from Washington and go to the people."

Shelby touched on a variety of issues brought to light in the meeting from education to immigration. An immigration system he says is "broken”.

"Some people are concerned about immigration and no real meaningful immigration policy,” Shelby said. “Some people are concerned about the future here of Fort Rucker, and I think it's very good and sound. Some people are concerned about the tax code, and rightfully so want reform there."

Shelby said the bottom line right now for America, jobs, healthcare, and immigration aside, is the financial status and the increasing debt.

"The number one issue of the country is the financial plight of the country, in other words the debt of the country,” Shelby said. “If we don't do something about that soon we're on the way to bankruptcy in this country. People realize that. We cannot sustain a debt."

"There’s a lot of interest in our family and in our household on what’s going on in the United States as far as problems with debt and education and energy,” Charles Hersant of Enterprise said. “We thought we would come and get it right from the horse’s mouth as to what's going on."

Shelby says the road to economic recovery will be tough.

"We are spending too much,” Shelby said. “Borrowing too much and saving too little."

He said the financial path of America right now is a recipe for disaster. A disaster he is working to fix.

Senator Shelby will continue his meetings in cities and towns across Alabama in the weeks to come.

He will be in Dothan on February 5th.


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