Last week, Congressman Rob Woodall met with Gwinnett seniors, and this week he'll begin a series of town hall meetings.
Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, held hourlong listening sessions at the Lawrenceville and Buford senior centers, where the discussions revolved around the future of Medicare and Social Security benefits.
"With all of the scare tactics and misinformation coming out of Washington, D.C., directed toward seniors, I believe it is my responsibility to seek seniors out and address their fears and concerns," Woodall said.
"Both sides of the aisle are committed to preserving Medicare and Social Security benefits for America's seniors, and I want that to be clear to the Seventh District's seniors: they will continue receiving the Medicare and Social Security benefits that they have spent their entire lives paying for. They deserve these benefits because they were promised these benefits years ago and this Congress will ensure that they will not lose them," he said. "That said, while preserving benefits for today's seniors, Congress must absolutely renegotiate the promises made to future generations like mine. I cannot expect to receive the same benefits that my parents and grandparents received. America simply can't afford it."
Woodall said he is looking forward to even more visits with constituents.
He will begin a series of town hall meetings Tuesday, with a session scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. At 9 a.m. Saturday, he will be at the Walton County Government Building in Monroe. Then at 11:40 a.m. that afternoon, another session is set for Duluth High School.
On Aug. 22, he'll be at the Barrow County Administratiove Annex in Winder at 7 p.m., and the final session is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Snellville City Hall.
for southern Gwinnett
Residents of three southern Gwinnett cities will have their first chance to hear from candidates for council this week.
A 6:30 p.m. forum will be hosted by Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce and the Summit Chase Country Club at 3197 Classic Drive in Snellville.
While the ballots won't become official until later this month, the candidates for city office in Loganvile, Snellville and Grayson have been invited toattend.
Hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks will be provided and a cash bar is available.
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