Congressman TJ Cox holds his first town hall in the Central Valley, talks clean water

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In Hanford Saturday, more than a hundred people attended Congressman TJ Cox’s (D-Fresno) first town hall.

During his campaign, the candidate promised he would make town halls a priority. 

He spoke at West Hanford High School about access to clean drinking water, and also focused in on President Donald Trump’s proposed 2020 budget which would increase defense spending and make cuts to Medicare and Medicaid funding and spending, over time. 

Cox says, Here in the twenty-first congressional district, half the families rely on Medicaid for healthcare access, some 40 percent of veterans rely on Medicaid. That’s a trillion and a half dollar cut, something the president promised he would not do, but renigged on his promise, and we need to stand up for these people.

Vernon Costa, a farmer and Kings County GOP chair, said he talked to the congressman about high-speed rail funding allocations.

I asked him whether or not he would support HR 1600, also known as the Railway Act that was introduced by Kevin McCarthy. It is the taking of high-speed rail money and allocating it towards California water. He claims to be for water, well there’s a way to work with water, take money foolishly spent and wasted on high-speed rail.

Others there say they were grateful the congressman seems eager to talk to constituents. 

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