Sensenbrenner gets vocal pushback during Lake Mills town hall

Sensenbrenner gets vocal pushback during Lake Mills town hall

Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, hosted a town hall in Lake Mills Saturday, receiving vocal disagreement from constituents for his stances on the Affordable Care Act, the border and other issues.

Community members voiced concerns about health care, with one woman stating that it’s a human right that should be prioritized over national defense spending.

A young girl in the audience asked the 5th District U.S. congressman about what the national debt will be when she’s older, and his response was the need to reform entitlement programs.

Sensenbrenner said the increasing need for entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits as Baby Boomers grow older has increased the national debt. He said in order to address this problem, it is essential for government leaders to reach across the political aisle and work together.

As current chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, Sensenbrenner addressed his plan to make Mexican drug cartels pay for a border wall. This was one issue of several where community members voiced their disagreement.

Residents also audibly disagreed when Sensenbrenner said the Environmental Protection Agency had gone “too far.”

Sensenbrenner explained that Wisconsin’s use of coal could not be cut because it would cause energy costs to increase and negatively impact the state’s manufacturing sector.