|I met with many of you this week during my Listening Tour through Humphreys, Williamson and Davidson counties. Each meeting was enlightening and engaging, and I value hearing your thoughts on the issues and how I can best represent you in Washington.
Throughout each day, I met dozens of you and took questions at every stop. Those questions are critical reminders that my staff and I need to be focused on what matters to YOU in our district, state, and country. Here’s a recap of what we talked about:
Health Care – You asked about insurance subsidies, pools and rates, and stressed how taxes and regulations are thwarting medical research.
Rural Broadband – You stressed the cost of rural broadband is prohibitive. Is Congress working to keep costs reasonable?
Energy – You asked how we could put more focus on food waste as a renewable source. You also want Yucca Mountain to reopen their nuclear waste repository. Will the Senate act?
Media – You’re concerned about the excessive focus on the Senate when the House has accomplished so much this year. Why won’t the media focus on important issues and progress?
Industry – With Toyota/Mazda looking at Tennessee for its new assembly plant, you wanted to know: What are the odds we’ll get the 4,000 jobs?
Tax Relief – You asked about keeping the state tax deduction in the tax code, fiduciary law, and achieving tax relief in general.
Bipartisanship – You wanted to know how the House can help the Senate get things done. Do they know the American people are frustrated? What can we do about fragmentation within the parties? Can we collaborate?
And more… – You asked about our telephone town hall survey results, flood insurance reauthorization, the EPA, civil discourse, and middle-TN growth.