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Rep. Justin Amash faces constituents in town hall

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CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – On Monday night, Congressman Justin Amash was back in Michigan, kicking off the first of a series of town halls.

Newschannel 3’s Nick Minock was at that town hall where Rep. Amash fielded questions and concerns from his constituents.

One thing that Amash made clear is that he won’t be a rubber stamp for the new President or the Speaker of the House.

“When you get involved with launching missiles at another country, war is a strong possibility,” said Amash.

The Republican Congressman isn’t shy about voicing his concerns about President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to strike Syria.

“You need to make sure the American people are on board,” said Amash, “because you never know what the reaction might be or how it might escalate.”

Rep. Amash was also among a handful of Republicans who said no to Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care reform plan.

“It didn’t repeal Obamacare,” said Rep. Amash. “It basically restructured Obamacare, and it didn’t resolve any of the problems, and in fact some of the changes would have made Obamacare even worse.”

But Amash wasn’t just holding the town hall to express his concerns, but to listen to others. For more than an hour, Amash gave voters face time, even when he knew he could get booed, which happened when some in the crowd didn’t agree with his stance on climate change.

Listening to his voters is critical, especially during a volatile time in Washington that is entering a new chapter.

Newschannel 3 asked Amash, as we near the end of the first hundred days of the Trump administration, what letter grade Rep. Amash would give the new administration.

“That’s tough,” said Rep. Amash. “I’d give it a B- or C+. There are some areas where we have made progress. We are rolling back some of the regulations that are overly burdensome, but there have been some false starts that we have had.”

Rep. Amash is planning further town halls this week. He’ll hold one on Tuesday in Pennfield and another on Wednesday in Byron Center.

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