Town Hall Talk: Oklahoma Lawmakers Crisscross State
By Emily Kotecki
Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) zig-zagged across the state on Thursday holding a combined total of six town halls. Neither Lucas nor Coburn were met with much push-back, although Rep. Lucas told NewsOk that "the numbers of people attending his town hall meetings have swelled as more and more people want straight answers about government spending programs and plans to reform the nation's health care system."
Lucas told the crowd that he supported the reform proposals of Sen. Coburn to "provide a tax credit for Americans to buy health insurance policies."
Coburn, one of two physicians in the Senate, held two town halls, each with an average of 800 attendees. The Tulsa World reported that Coburn criticized the Senate Finance Committee, saying that the six-person panel "represents four-tenths of one percent of the population of this country.... We have placed in power to negotiate a compromise senators who have very little experience in this area."
Coburn also emphasized the necessity of a bipartisan bill, with help from the president, in order to avoid "[dividing] the nation."
Here's a rundown of some of Friday's upcoming town hall meetings
(all times local):
Boydton, Va. -- Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) meets with constituents at the Mecklenburg County School Board Office at 8:00 p.m.
Alva, Okl. -- Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) holds the first of three meetings with constituents in Alva at Northwest Oklahoma State University at noon.
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