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Bartlett states positions on variety of issues during town hall meeting in Funkstown

September 04, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md. speaks Tuesday night during a town hall meeting he hosted in Funkstown.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., faced dozens of questions Tuesday at a town hall meeting he hosted in Funkstown. About 30 people attended.

The audience used the opportunity to ask about a range of topics — health care, Social Security, education, illegal immigration, energy and more.

Bartlett is trying to win an 11th term as the 6th District representative in Congress. He is facing two challengers in the November general election: John Delaney on the Democratic line and Nickolaus Mueller on the Libertarian line.

Among the topics the audience explored Tuesday, with Bartlett’s answers:

  • on equal pay for men and women: Bartlett said there’s clear discrimination in this area, but he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act because it “covered a lot more” than just pay parity
  • on members of Congress getting special insurance coverage: they used to but no longer do, Bartlett said, adding, “Even the president doesn’t understand that.”
  • on the possibility of changing the Constitution to limit a president to one term: Bartlett said he’d support a single six-year term, with the right of recall
  • on whether the federal minimum wage should increase: “You can’t mandate prosperity ...,” Bartlett said. “People ought to be paid what the job is worth.”
  • on the USA Patriot Act: Bartlett said he voted for it, but now considers that vote “the least patriotic thing I’ve done”
  • on illegal immigration: Bartlett favors tighter control of the borders. There might be 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States, but no one is sure, he said. “Aren’t we lucky there aren’t 12 million terrorists here?” he added.
  • on his chance for winning another term: “We run every election like we’re 20 points behind.”
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