There were a lot of questions early this morning at a Senator Ben Sasse Town Hall meeting at Elkhorn South High School. There were “boos” and cheers throughout the hour long meeting. Cindy Maxwell Ostdick attended the town hall was surprised at the turnout and surprised to see opposition.
Maxwell Osdisk says, “I was surprised that there were so many people that were brave enough to come out and disagree. It seems like here in Nebraska it is very, very Republican and follow the party line. I think a lot of people are frustrated because even if they voted for President Trump, most people didn’t anticipate the drastic laws they are trying to pass.”
During the presidential election last fall we heard a lot about building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. “Build a wall” was chanted at a number of President Trump’s rallies. Today, Senator Sasse said our nation’s defense is a huge issue but the wall may not be the right step. He said, “I believe we have to have border security. I believe in the fundamental purpose in our national government is to provide for the common defense. That is different in believing specific solutions are the right solutions. We need to have better border security on the southern and northern walls. The particular wall is not the most effect means of border security.” There was applause and cheers after that statement.
About 700 people attended the town hall that lasted an hour. Other issues addressed included the budget, the military, health care and environmental concerns.