WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) – It was a packed house at Bertie High School on Tuesday as Congressman G.K. Butterfield took questions from constituents.
Hundreds of people from throughout Windsor came to hear an update from Washington.
This stop was a part of his Jobs and Justice Tour going through his 1st District.
Butterfields said, “You cannot know what is in the hearts or minds of the constituents unless you reach out and hear what they have to say.”
The town hall style event took questions from the arctic audience on notecards in allowed for direct response from the Congressman.
Dozens of issues came up in discussion but one that struck a chord with those in the audience was healthcare.
“It seems that the republicans are determined to put their energy on illuminating or reducing Medicaid,” said Butterfield.
Butterfield added District 1 relies heavily on the program but feels republican’s plans to put healthcare to the states would cripple the system.
“When the state runs out of money, and it certainly will because of the cost of healthcare, then a lot of people will not have coverage,” said Butterfield, “The state will either have to raise taxes and get a rest when the state run out of money and I certainly will because of the cost of healthcare, then a lot of people will not have coverage. The state will either have to raise taxes and get additional revenue in order to pay for healthcare for low income people, or they’ll have to reduce services.”
Butterfield also responded to President Trump’s recent threats to North Korea.
“I’m very disappointed that the President made such a reckless statement if it is his opinion, then it certainly should not have been pronounce to the world today,” said Butterfield.
Windsor is known as a town hit again and again by severe weather. Many are still looking for much-needed revitalization funds from Hurricane Matthew.
Butterfield said there is more money for relief allotted in the new federal budget.
“I believe we have somewhere around $2.3 billion in the 2018 budget if we could just get the budget passed,” said Butterfield.