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New Mexico congressional leaders host town halls

Brittany Costello
March 18, 2017 10:35 PM

Two New Mexico Congressional leaders hosted town halls in different parts of the state Saturday.

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Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham held a veterans town hall in Albuquerque. While it focused on concerns regarding VA cases, and help getting assistance from federal agencies, she also weighed in on some national issues.

Congresswoman Grishman called the new replacement proposal to the affordable care act a disaster. She outlines those changes on her website.

“It negatively affects veterans it negatively affects any of the infrastructure, it negatively affects nursing homes, it negatively affects seniors,” said Grisham.

The new replacement proposal was released more than a week ago.

“There is a lot that we could have done that we should have done. And more importantly, it's a disaster for New Mexico. It's an $800 million hole in our Medicaid budget it will decimate rural hospitals,” she said.

Meanwhile, President Trump said just yesterday support for the new healthcare plan is growing.

Republican Congressman Steve Peace also hosted a town hall Saturday in Las Cruces. He also weighed in on that health plan proposal, say it needs to be improved.

“That discussion is still ongoing we're not a yes on that vote yet, we're one of the ones saying it needs to be improved,” said Congressman Pearce.

The proposed plan includes parts of the Affordable Care Act. While disagreeing with that plan, he also addressed President Trump’s newly released budget plan.

“Typically a presidential budget is just there as a way to identify a philosophical approach to the government. Very seldom to presidential budgets get any votes up or down,” he said.

In President Tump’s budget proposal he calls for major spending increases to strengthen military. But there are also some major funds that would be cut to the state department and Environmental Protection Agency.

“It's just the beginning point. We never actually bring his up unless somebody introduces it. We will create our own budget,” said Pearce.

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