Senator Romney Holds First Town Hall Since Taking Office
Jan 23, 2019, 1:04 AM | Updated: 1:19 am
FARMINGTON, Utah – Hundreds of people, many federal government workers, lined up to ask Senator Mitt Romney questions Tuesday night in his first town hall meeting.
“My sister has been out of work for more than a month, and she is afraid of losing her home,” Angela Urrea said. “People are suffering, and everyone is sick of this.”
Urrea told KSL 5 TV she wasn’t optimistic about the town hall.
“I didn’t vote for Mitt Romney. I am not a fan,” Urrea said. “But I was pleasantly surprised. He was reasonable, willing to listen and knowledgeable.”
As numerous people asked Sen. Romney if the end of the shutdown is in sight, he agreed with his constituents and said, “This shutdown is not the way to get things done.”
One woman asked about Russian oil sanctions.
Others asked Romney about raising the bar in public education, media literacy, prescription drug abuse and illegal immigration.
The comments were mostly civil, however, the border wall and immigration reform brought out some comments that stirred booing from the crowd.
“I hope Senator Romney follows through with his opinion that the government should get back to work and then the negotiations should happen,” Richard Smykaa said. “I am all for that. Federal employees should not be held hostage while our leaders work out their differences.”
A handful of people in the crowd said they felt Sen. Romney wasn’t supporting the Republican Party by disagreeing with President Trump.
Sen. Romney shook hands and visited people in two other rooms who had been listening to the question and answer session via a KSL livestream.
U.S. Senators will be allowed to vote on a bill that could end the shutdown, Thursday.