O'Rourke hosts second town hall meeting in El Paso

"IfeeltheneedtobeaccountabletoElPaso,toexplainwhatitisI'mdoingandvotingon,andthelegislationthatwe'reproposinginWashingtonD.C.,"saidO’Rourke.
Thefirstitemontheagendawasveteran'saffairs.O'Rourkeinsistedimprovingveteranservicesisoneofhistoppriorities.
"Bottomline,we'renotdoingagoodjobtoday,inthiscountry,orinthiscommunity,inhonoringtheserviceofourveterans,"hesaid.
Withforcedbudgetcutsjustaweekaway,federalspendingcutsworriedmanyElPasoanswhocametotoday'sevent.
"We'regoingtobeoffofwork,we'regoingtolowerourincomes,we'renotgoingtobeabletofeedourfamilies,andwe'renotgoingtobeabletopaybills.we'renotgoingtobeabletotakecareofothercommunities,"saidPaulFerris,PresidentoftheAmericanFederationofGovernmentEmployees.
"Ourhighestpriorityrightnowisavoidingthesequester,makingsurethatwedon'thurtjobsinElPaso,thatwedon'triskgoingintoanotherrecession,"saidO’Rourke.
Immigrationreformwasapopulartopic.MembersofAmericanFamiliesUnited,anorganizationthathelpsAmericancitizenswiththeirfamilymembers'immigrationissues,cametoexpresstheirviews.
"Wereallydon'twantforUScitizenstobeforgotteninthisupcomingimmigrationreform,"saidEdgarFalcon,amemberoftheorganization.
"It'stimetoturn100%ofourfocus,whenitcomestoimmigrationreform,onpassingthislegislation,andregularizingthepeoplewhoworkinourcommunities,"saidO’Rourke.
AfterthemeetingatIrvinHighSchool,BetoO'RourkemadehiswaytoCasaVidadeSaludforhisfirstquarterlytownhallmeetingforveterans.


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