Freshman congressman visits Cumming Vietnam vets

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CUMMING, Ga. — With his Republican primary victory behind him, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (Ga. - 7th District) made a stop in Cumming Monday night, Aug. 6, to speak to members of Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

The 7th congressional district now includes portions of southern Forsyth County as a result of the recent redistricting following the 2010 Census numbers. Woodall earned 72 percent of the vote to defeat David Hancock during the July 31 primary elections.

Though new to elective office, Woodall has years of experience on Capitol Hill where he served as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. John Linder.

Woodall provided the Vietnam veterans group with an overview of the budget process, talked about his commitment to constituent service, preserving Social Security and Medicare, as well as his conservative ideas about federal spending.

In response to a question regarding illegal immigration, Woodall said that securing the borders must be a first step.

In addition, he told his audience that jobs continue to be the force driving undocumented workers to cross the border into the U.S.

“Folks only come for the jobs and the money,” said Woodall. “If there were no benefits to be had, if there was no citizenship to be had and there we no jobs to be had because we were going to punish business owners who hire them…then we could solve our issue.”

Woodall said there are still a lot of jobs that need to be done that Americans won’t do. He said that having a good temporary non-resident temporary worker program could help reduce illegal immigration while providing needed workers.

As a member of the House Budget Committee and a self-described hardcore small government conservative, Woodall has pledged that he would do all he can to properly fund America’s military and healthcare programs for military veterans while being a watchdog against waste and abuse.

Woodall faces Democrat Steve Reilly in the November general election.

The Cumming chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the first Monday of each month at the Golden Corral restaurant, 2025 Market Place Boulevard. The September meeting has been postponed until 6 p.m. Sept. 10 due to the Labor Day holiday.

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