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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:50 am

Banks to meet with constituents in Decatur

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, will have a town hall meeting of sorts in Decatur on Friday.

Banks will appear at "Connect with Your Congressman" from 11 a.m. until noon in the chapel/auditorium at Adams Woodcrest, 1300 Mercer Ave. According to Banks' office, district residents will be able to meet and talk with Banks, a freshman member of the House from Columbia City.

Members of Congress, especially majority Republicans, have faced angry constituents at public events around the nation in recent months. According to news reports, federal lawmakers have been grilled and heckled over their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and on other issues.

Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th, reportedly received an earful at a Saturday breakfast event at Wabash College in Crawfordsville. The Journal Review of Crawfordsville reported that Rokita was asked about repealing the Affordable Care Act, climate change, President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget and Trump's refusal to release his tax returns.

"Each time Rokita tried to reply to a question, he was interrupted by either the person asking the question or someone else in the audience," the Journal Review reported. "Rokita, who stayed calm throughout the discussion, asked several times that he be allowed the opportunity to answer."

In January, when Banks met with constituents at his office in downtown Fort Wayne, a security guard escorted a man away from the gathering after he loudly accused Banks of being financed by special interests.