ICYMI: Keller connects with community during town hall
Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) this week participated in a town hall meeting, hosted by the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives, to speak with the constituents of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.
As covered by the Milton Standard-Journal, Keller addressed a crowd in Lewisburg on Monday night, speaking about his efforts in Congress and pledging his opposition to big-government spending plans currently underway in Washington.
Keller explained that President Biden and Speaker Pelosi have combined the ongoing infrastructure negotiations with a reconciliation measure which calls for more than $5 trillion in total spending.
He elaborated by saying that less than half of the money authorized under this proposal would go toward traditional infrastructure like roads, bridges, wastewater systems, pipelines, or broadband internet expansion.
Instead, Keller pointed to tax increases and wasteful spending provisions that he says would harm the economy, accelerate inflation, and increase the burden on working families.
Audience members asked questions about their skyrocketing energy bills, which Keller attributed to the Biden administration’s efforts to hamper domestic energy production. On the border crisis, Keller criticized President Biden for eliminating policies that were effective in combating the surge of illegal aliens during the Trump administration.
On the labor shortage, Keller highlighted the SKILLS Act, legislation he recently introduced to connect workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic to new opportunities in high-demand industries.
Asked about the impact of President Biden’s federal vaccine mandate, Keller voiced his opposition to the order, saying that employees who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 should not lose their jobs as a result.
Keller also spoke about the legislative process. He says Congress should return to regular order, which allows the American people’s elected representatives to weigh in on important policy matters rather than having major proposals negotiated by a small group, as has been the case with the pending infrastructure deal.
Following the event, Congressman Keller made the following statement:
“The issues we debate in Washington have real-world effects in communities like Lewisburg, and others across Pennsylvania’s 12th District. My job is to represent the people of PA-12, and the only way to get that right is by taking the time to talk with our neighbors about the issues that matter most to them. The outstanding, hardworking people who live and work in our communities understand that the people define their government—not the other way around. I always appreciate the opportunity to connect with the people of our district and I will never stop fighting for them in Congress.
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