U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Illinois) hosted his second TeleTown Hall event on Tuesday, July 1.
More than 6,400 Southern Illinoisans joined him on the phone to discuss current events, new legislation and more.
“As a veteran myself, and as the son of a disabled veteran, and the brother of a 100 percent combat disabled veteran from Vietnam, I’m very, very personally involved in these questions,” Enyart responded to a Fairview Heights constituent. “I’ve introduced a bill in Congress which would require the VA to start paying disability compensation benefits to disabled veterans if they don’t make a decision within 120 days.”
The back-and-forth question-and-answer session continued for an hour, with Enyart answering questions about the future economic outlook of Cairo, veterans’ health care at outpatient VA clinics, Peabody and Patriot Coal pension issues and more. One caller, Master Sgt. Derick Eurales, a Cairo native, even joined the call while stationed in Korea.
The TeleTown Hall also conducted a poll with two questions. The first question asked constituents, “Recently, news coverage has been focused on sending additional American troops to Iraq. Do you think that the United States should send more ground troops to assist the Iraqi government?” The unscientific results are as follows; 9 percent of poll respondents answered yes, 67 percent answered no, 24 percent answered not sure.
The second poll question posed to constituents was, “Minimum wage has been a hot topic at both the state and federal levels of government. Currently, the Illinois minimum wage is $8.25 an hour. Do you support a higher federal minimum wage?” The results are as follows; 55 percent of poll respondents answered yes, 32 percent answered no, 13 percent answered not sure.
Additional constituent questions included, “I’ve become quite dismayed about the system of corruption that exists in Washington, D.C. I was curious as to whether there’s any initiatives that you’re putting forward to dismantle that corrupt system,” asked Crawford, of O’Fallon.
“I just introduced a bipartisan bill with Congressman David McKinley, who is a registered engineer by the way, he is a Republican from West Virginia. So we have introduced a bipartisan bill which is called The Protection Against Wasteful Spending Act of 2014,” Enyart responded. “And that’s exactly what this bill intends to do.
The hourlong event was the second in a continuing series of TeleTown Halls. The next call will take place on August 5.
Those interested in listening to Tuesday night’s call can do so on Enyart’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/CongBillEnyart.