Rep. Pocan hosts town hall

Addresses community concerns
Rep. Pocan hosts town hall

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan held an open discussion with constituents at a town hall meeting Saturday at the South Central Federation of Labor.

Pocan, D-Wis., spoke about a wide range of issues, from national politics to local issues. He called for an independent review of Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election and advocated keeping pressure on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

After Pocan listed off the requirements for impeaching a president, the audience broke out into applause. He also voiced concern for Steve Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist and Scott Pruitt, who now leads the Environmental Protection Agency.

The room was packed with constituents who came to listen and voice their concerns. Pocan addressed rural residents who felt their needs were being left out of government priorities.

“I think the disconnect they feel is that a lot of the money they put into taxes, they don’t see go into rural schools, rural roads and rural broadband,” Pocan said. “And they think it goes to Madison and Milwaukee. The problem is, at least with this government, they are right.”

Pocan called out Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 legislation for leading to high teacher turnover rates and cited data that Wisconsin is ranked number four for worst roads in the country.

After answering attendee questions that ranged from concern for Medicare to national security, Pocan encouraged constituents to continue voicing concerns to their representatives to enact change.