U.S. Sen. David Vitter will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, August 26 at 12:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter will hold a town hall meeting in Vernon Parish on Wednesday, August 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the West Louisiana Forestry Festival Auditorium in Leesville.
Residents are encouraged to come early because of limited seating.
Vitter, who is up for re-election next year, has been conducting town hall meetings across the state; the dominant topic has often been discussion and questions about proposed health care reforms being debated in Congress.
The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported Tuesday that Vitter blames medical liability lawsuits for putting health care out of reach for many and that limiting lawsuits should be part of a private-sector solution.
Vitter has made it known at other town hall meetings that though he disagrees with President Barack Obama's agenda on health care reform that improvements are needed. He is against dismantling the current system and replacing it with a costly government or government-backed co-operative.
Some of his suggestions have included forming association health plans so small businesses and others can pool resources and get better deals; keeping prescription drug costs down by "re-imporation" and by using generic brands; and limiting lawsuits.
Aside from health care reform, another hot topic for Vitter is his re-election. Though he doesn't have an announced opponent yet, it's clear he's expecting a challenge from Rep. Charlie Melancon, a southeast Louisiana Democrat who has said he's considering the race.
In ads critical of Democrat-backed health care plans, Vitter says Melancon supports those plans. Meanwhile, state Republicans have taken aim at Melancon for taking a taxpayer-funded trip last year that included Antarctica, Australia and Hawaii.
Melancon's camp notes that Melancon voted against the Democratic health care plan in a House committee. And it defends last year's trip as a legitimate House Science and Technology Committee trip to study climate change issues. State Democrats, meanwhile, have launched a new Web site critical of Vitter.
Earlier this week, the chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party says he filed an ethics complaint against Vitter.
The Republican senator quickly denounced the complaint as politically motivated.
The state Democrats' chair, Chris Whittington, said he filed the complaint on Friday. He said Vitter is using taxpayer money for campaign purposes: attacking Melancon.
Vitter then issued a statement saying Whittington's complaint is an "unsubstantiated and politically driven move." The statement went on to criticize Melancon's voting record.