Congressman Jim Banks in Huntington for town hall meeting

Northeast Indiana residents who heard Congressman Jim Banks speak Friday morning in Huntington were most concerned with the national debt, national security, and recent comments made by President Trump regarding John McCain.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 8:33 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2019 8:50 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) - Northeast Indiana residents who heard Congressman Jim Banks speak Friday morning in Huntington were most concerned with the national debt, national security, and recent comments made by President Trump regarding John McCain. 

"My constituents just want to know that we're focused on the issues, that we're fighting for the issues that matter," Banks said. 

Nan Nesbitt said she came to the meeting from Columbia City to ask about what's going on in Afghanistan. 

"Opium is still a big problem out of Afghanistan. And you don't hear about it at all," she said. 

Banks said a concern of his out of the Middle East is the not widely-known group, ISIS-K. 

"ISIS-K is a lot more dangerous [than ISIS], they're a lot more radicalized. They're a lot more like Al Qaeda," he said. 

Senator Andy Zay, a Republican representing Indiana's 17th district, was also at the town hall meeting. He said in order to address the concerns of the people, Democrats and Republicans have to set their differences aside. 

"Ninety percent of our legislation is bipartisan. Almost 60 to 70 percent of it is passed unanimously. So, when issues of the day come up in Indiana, we work through the process and we get it done," he said. "And I think Congressman Banks spoke to that today in sharing his experiences in DC," he added. 

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