CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI A father himself, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash is certainly no stranger to parental advice.
Typically, it falls to his three children. But on Saturday, aconstituentat a Cascade Township town hall asked the West Michigan congressman for help dealing with “wayward” children who believe liberal economic policies.
Amash’s advice: Have them study economics in college and “introduce them to libertarianism.”
It was just one of the many questions put to and answered by Amash, who is spending his congressional spring break hosting town halls and forums throughout his district. Saturday’s town hall at the Cascade Township branch of the Kent County District Library was standing room only.
“I went to D.C. to shrink government, and not grow government,” he said.
A couple people asked Amash what he and Congress will do to help veterans and fix problems with wait times for services. Amash said that veteran care was being victimized by big spending programs like the military, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.
One person said some veterans are waiting up to two years to have claims considered or to appeal decisions by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Another person told a story of a veteran who wanted help with his suicidal thoughts, could not find it and killed himself. Someone else said the treatment of veterans is embarrassing.
“It is a travesty what happens to our veterans because of the budget process,” Amash said, adding later that he votes in favor of appropriation bills that provide care for veterans and believes they are “perfectly within the bounds of the Constitution.”
“Caring for veterans is one area where Congress agrees.”
On Iran, Amash said he was in favor of sanctions that stop the country from obtaining nuclear weapons but against sanctions that hinder trade and hurt people.
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U.S. Rep. Justin Amash talks budgets, veterans, guns, doles out parenting advice