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Sparks fly at town hall meeting with Congressman Garret Graves

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BATON ROUGE - Tempers flared at a town hall put on by Congressman Garret Graves Thursday evening.

A packed room of concerned citizens wanted to hear about three topics: flooding, the Affordable Care Act, and the Comite Diversion Canal project.

Some people applauded conversations regarding President Trump's administration, while others held up signs in opposition.

"I really want to make sure the congressman hears our concerns and understands, many people are here who rely on the Affordable Care Act."

Healthcare was a major issue brought up by Graves' constituents. The crowd showed a clear dividing line on the issue.

"The bottom line, it's not working. It didn't achieve the objectives, and it's financially unsustainable. It already has been the largest tax increase in U.S. history."

"I just want to be sure that with any type of changes that we make to the Affordable Care Act that we are protecting the people who are the most vulnerable."

On the topic of the Comite Diversion Project, Graves agreed with most of the people there. An update is necessary.

"That over $80 million had been spent on this project since it started, and you look around, and we have a thirty-something million dollar structure. Where in the world is that other $50 million? You've got to me kidding me!"

Thursday's town hall meeting lasted about two-and-a-half hours, 90 minutes longer than it was scheduled for.

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