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Texas Republican Faces Rowdy Town Hall (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Republican Rep. John Culberson of Texas faced a rowdy town hall in Houston on March 25 (video below).

Culberson defended the House GOP's failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which did not go over well with many constituents, notes The Texas Tribune.

Culberson told the news site that he would have voted for the GOP's American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, if Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin had not pulled the bill:

There’s always going to be another opportunity. We’re early in the congressional session, and there’s plenty of time. And we’re going to have an opportunity to do tax reform, and then I'm going to do everything in my power to get us back on track to get Obamacare repealed.

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"The only way to fix it is to replace it," Culberson said at the town hall, while some in the crowd shouted, "Fix it!"

"We'll find a way because we have to," Culberson told the crowd. He said the law was "imploding."

Although many Republicans have said the ACA is "collapsing" or "imploding," The New York Times says that is not the case. The ACA had increased health coverage by an estimated 16 million Americans by 2015, noted The Washington Post.

When Culberson was asked if he supports proposed cuts to the U.S. State Department, he said: "The answer is no ... I'll work hard to protect the Department of State."

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Culberson also gave support for the National Endowment for the Arts, Meals on Wheels and federal grants for needy college students, all of which may be cut in the proposed budget.

Culberson said he would do "everything in my power" against the proposed 20 percent cut to the National Institutes of Health by the Trump administration.

Culberson agreed with President Donald Trump on increasing the military budget, and asked the audience: "So you'd be for cutting the military?"

After the crowd cheered for cuts, Culberson said, "I respectfully disagree. Our military has been badly defunded for years."

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the U.S. spent about as much on its military in 2015 as the next eight countries combined, reported CNN in February.

Switching to immigration, Culberson insisted that children who are in the U.S. illegally "are not going to be bothered" by the Trump administration's deportations.

"You should not be concerned," Culberson insisted. "You should not be concerned in the least."

Culberson said that Congress will use the "power of the purse and aggressive oversight" to make sure immigration officials are "focused on felons and dangerous criminals."

Sources: The Texas TribuneCNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times / Photo credit: U.S. Congress

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