GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) - US Rep. Bill Huizenga stood in front of about 200 of his 2nd District constituents Wednesday night at a town hall meeting and answered questions on the debt and the economy.
During the meeting at the Grand Haven Community Center, Huizenga answered some tough questions about the budget and the recent debt ceiling deal. The audience however, appeared clearly divided on his message.
Huizenga talked about the difficulties and importance of controlling government spending while being challenged to increase revenue.
"Here's my question to you," asked Norm Kittles of Whitehall. "Are there any circumstances where you would be willing to raise taxes on the top 1% of people in America, or let the Bush tax cuts expire?"
Passionate members from within the audience even voiced their frustration with the recent debt ceiling debate and the last minute deal.
Huizenga stood his ground and outlined the money the government is taking in compared to what it is spending. He also explained how far into the trillions the deficit may grow.
"How do you increase revenue?" asked Huizenga rhetorically. "You grow the economy and create jobs."
Huizenga said he has little to no faith that the joint committee being formed will be able to find a solution.
Instead, he would like to see steps toward a balanced budget amendment.
Again, some in the audience challenged that opinion.
"As far as this balanced budget amendment is concerned," said Gary Scappard of Grand Haven. "What in the world would you do if you are facing another World War II situation?"
Huizenga conceded safeguards must be built in.
Huizenga's views oppose those of President Obama, and that has not gone unnoticed. His recent White House press conference and comments made on 24 Hour News 8's 'To The Point' have left him off the invitation list for Thursday's presidential stop in Holland.
24 Hour News 8 asked Huizenga how he felt about the lack of invitation. "What we've caught is maybe I've been too critical of the president," he said. "Hey, I'm being the voice of the 2nd District and trying to come up with real solutions and they have to answer those questions."
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