Voters demand answers from Amash in heated Grand Rapids town hall

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- U.S. Rep. Justin Amash faced tough questions during a packed town hall Wednesday in Grand Rapids.

Hundreds of people showed up at Ottawa Hills High School to voice their concerns to the Grand Rapids native and outspoken House Republican.

Healthcare took center stage to start the meeting. Amash also touched on climate change and the Paris Accord on climate change.

Rep. Amash and the crowd later discussed Russia and the firing of FBI Director James Comey.  A sign reading "Putin's Puppet" with President Donald Trump hanging by strings could be seen in the crowd.

While the meeting was tense, Rep. Amash says he was still glad for the turnout. "It's important to do these town hall meetings," Rep. Amash said. "It's important to reach out to the community to hear from constituents.

Rep. Amash is holding another town hall June 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kool Family Community Center in Battle Creek.

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5 comments

    • Chris

      Good on him for facing we the people. I voted for Amash in the primaries to weed out the old school baby boomer Republicans.

  • Kevin Rahe

    There’s no longer much room to say that the ACA isn’t failing. As for single-payer, my parents have met up with Canadians on vacation who say they carry insurance that lets them come to the U.S. for more timely treatment of serious issues than they would be able to get at home. Monopolies are an injustice, whether they’re on the supply side of goods or services or the consumer side, as is the case with single-payer.

  • steve

    What issues created tension in the audience? I see the guy who’s gesticulating wildly. What got his shorts in a wad? Or, was he simply a Democrat whose only objective was to agitate the crowd? The idea of these meetings is to communicate issues respectfully and encourage thought. I don’t think that guy was aware of that.