U.S. Rep. Vis­closky’s an­nual town hall fo­rums start Jan. 18

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Ca­role Carl­son Post-Tri­bune

U.S. Rep. Peter Vis­closky is hold­ing a se­ries of town hall fo­rums Jan. 18-19 across Lake, Porter and La­Porte coun­ties to gain in­sight from cit­i­zens on their con­cerns con­cern­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Vis­closky spokesman Kevin Spicer said Vis­closky, D-Gary, now in his 18th term, is look­ing for­ward to hear­ing from res­i­dents about their is­sues and how he can best serve them.

The fo­rums come as Con­gress and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wage a bat­tle over Trump’s de­mand for a $5.8 bil­lion bor­der wall, one of his cor­ner­stone cam­paign prom­ises.

The tiff led to a gov­ern­ment shut­down that’s left 800,000 fed­eral work­ers with­out their pay­checks, some fed­eral parks trashed, and air­port se­cu­rity jeop­ar­dized as some un­paid TSA work­ers call off sick.

Vis­closky said re­open­ing gov­ern­ment is a pri­or­ity.

“It is un­ac­cept­able that the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship does not ex­ist to find com­mon ground so that ba­sic gov-

Vis­closky Town Hall sched­ule

ern­ment op­er­a­tions can fully and ef­fec­tively be pro­vided for the ben­e­fit of all Amer­i­cans,” he said in a state­ment.

“I will con­tinue to work for a rea­soned res­o­lu­tion of the cur­rent im­passe so that we can get about the work of gov­ern­ing our coun­try.”

Vis­closky’s easy Novem­ber win over his GOP chal­lenger meant he eclipsed for­mer U.S. Rep. Ray Mad­den’s mark for longevity when the House con­vened last week.

Among his goals is leg­is­la­tion es­tab­lish­ing the In­di­ana Dunes Na­tional Lakeshore as a na­tional park. The mea­sure passed the House last year, but failed to emerge from com­mit­tee in the Se­nate as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion didn’t fa­vor it.

Vis­closky plans to try again this year.

Ca­role Carl­son is a free­lance re­porter for the Post-Tri­bune.

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