Trump main topic at Schrader town hall

Hundreds of people show up to a town hall in Milwaukie hosted by U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon. (KATU Photo)

Members of Congress returned to their districts this week to hear from their constituents.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader drew a friendly crowd at his town hall Tuesday night.

Hundreds of people turned out for his first town hall meeting under the new president. And President Donald Trump was the main topic of conversation.

Schrader is in a mixed district politically, and Republicans are said to be targeting his seat in 2018.

But the four-term congressman said he’s used to it.

“Well, that’s pretty typical. We’re one of the few purple districts left in this country,” he said during an interview. “Out of 435 congressional districts, there’s maybe 35 that are in play, and both mine and (Oregon’s District 4 congressman) Peter DeFazio’s are in that ilk. That means we’ve got to listen to everybody.”

Earlier in the day, Schrader delivered a lecture at Oregon City High School for a U.S. government and politics class.

He said their questions and political knowledge were impressive. But he also said he enjoys spending time with the younger generation that will be affected by policies he helped put in place, like the Affordable Care Act.

“They’re the ones who are going to benefit the most, because they’re getting the preventive treatment, they’re getting the early treatment, their teeth are getting fixed, they’re not coming in once they’re in acute distress, and I think that’s the long-term benefits of this health care,” he said.

Schrader did express concern over the Trump administration’s immigration policies. But he’s also hopeful for some regulatory relief for businesses and farmers.

Oregon Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, who represents District 2, also held a town hall Tuesday night. He tweeted that more than a hundred people came to his event in Ontario.

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