As issues of war and Iraq begin to dominate the news, U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks took a moment to talk war and domestic policy to residents gathered for a town hall with the Public Advocate. The Congressman was on his way to an intelligence briefing in Washington, DC.
His message was the need to continue to support President Obama.
“No matter what the President does, John McCain and his boys will go the other way,” Congressman Meeks said of the battle going on in DC because of the situation in Iraq. As the Congressman is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, they are set to have an intelligence briefing as to the current situation in the Middle East.
“There was no connection to Iraq and what took place on 9/11 or weapons of mass destruction. No one paid attention to sectarian differences that were playing out for decades between the Shite/Sunni connection and now the situation is coming home to roost.” The Congressman spoke about the need for a regional approach and no troops on the ground.
“We cannot afford to go back to war,” he said. “We don’t need to go back to war.”
Domestically, he spoke about two outstanding issues, immigration reform and unemployment benefits. Congressman Meeks was concerned that based on the result of the Virginia election, where the majority leader lost his seat, that “Republicans will stiffen and will not want to agree to anything,” he said.
“We still haven’t fixed the broken system,” he said of immigration reform.
“We still haven’t gotten an extension of unemployment benefits,” he said. The Congressman talked about Democrats working towards an infrastructure plan that he hopes will put people to work and stimulate the economy.
Congressman Gregory Meeks represents the 5th Congressional District. He is up for reelection this year and is challenged by Joseph Marthone in the race.