Congressman John Katko talked with Rod Wood & Christie Casciano about what his main takeaways were from President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.
Healthcare: “I made a commitment to my constituents from the moment I started running for office years ago that I would never vote for a repeal unless a replacement’s ready so we have to have both simultaneously unless there’s going to be real problems and I think they’re going to have real problems finding support unless there’s an adequate replacement ready to go. That’s what we’re working on now and I’m hopeful.”
Town Halls: “I’ve had 72,000 inquiries of letters, calls to our office that we’ve responded to from constituents on every conceivable issue. I’ve had 20 telephone town halls. I’ve had 8 public meetings where people could ask questions on all matters from heroin to everything in between. We’re going to continue to do all those things. People that want to go and shake their fist at me and complain, they’re going to have an opportunity to do so but I’m also going to give my other constituents to speak to me about the issues that are important to them.”
“People that want to go and shake their fist at me and complain, they’re going to have an opportunity to do so but I’m also going to give my other constituents to speak to me about the issues that are important to them. When you have issues like heroin and others – I want to give those people a voice. I want to give those people an opportunity to be heard and not drowned out by shouts so we’re going to find the right atmosphere to let that all happen.”