BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Congressmen Ben Cline and Denver Riggleman held a joint town hall Wednesday evening in Bedford County, a region the pair share.
Questions ranged from immigration to energy to infrastructure and more in a 90-minute discussion in a packed room.
Both representatives are freshmen in the House minority and expressed frustration about political gridlock and an overbearing national government, especially ahead of an election year.
“Every day that goes by in Washington, I remember my time in Richmond more and more fondly,” said Rep. Cline.
The pair agreed on most things, especially Congress’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump taking time away from issues that affect their constituents.
“Impeachment is a distraction and a political move on the part of the speaker to undo the election. And we need to get back to the issues that we talked about tonight,” said Cline.
Issues both on the national level – like ‘draining the swamp,’ investing in infrastructure, and securing good trade agreements – and the local level – like combatting addiction and helping small business.
Congressman Riggleman says one issue in particular – illegal immigration – is on both levels, with cartel activity in his district stemming from the southern border.
“It’s bad. And I think we need to have some common-sense conversations about the border and how the whole pipeline works, and how it [illicit drugs] gets to places like Mecklenberg County, Pittsylvania County, Lunenberg County, Halifax County,” said Rep. Riggleman.
Both closed with a call for bipartisanship and saying they’ll use their backgrounds – Cline as a prosecutor, Riggleman as a security expert – to best serve their districts.
The men touched on several other topics Wednesday night. Watch this web extra where they discuss Syria, Impeachment, and Liberty University.