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Congressman visits Vietnam veterans group
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Rob Woodall - photo by For the Forsyth County News

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The Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the first Monday of each month at the Golden Corral Restaurant on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Please note: Next month’s meeting has been postponed until Sept. 10 due to the Labor Day holiday.

With his July 31 primary victory behind him, Republican District 7 U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall recently visited with local chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

As a result of redistricting, Woodall’s district now includes nearly half of Forsyth County and a swath of Gwinnett. It previously included just some of south Forsyth. The northern half of the county is in District 9.

Woodall faces Democrat Steve Reilly in the General Election on Nov. 6.

Though still finishing his first term, Woodall has years of experience on Capitol Hill, where he previously served as chief of staff to his predecessor, John Linder.

Woodall shared with the Vietnam Veterans group an overview of the budget process, as well as his conservative ideas about federal spending.

He also talked about his commitment to constituent service and preserving Social Security and Medicare.

In response to a question about illegal immigration, Woodall said securing the country’s borders must be a first step.  

In addition, he told his audience that jobs continue to be the force driving illegal border-crossings.

“Folks only come for the jobs and the money,” Woodall said. “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 a good temporary non-resident temporary worker program could help reduce illegal immigration while providing needed workers for jobs Americans don’t want to do.

A member of the House budget committee and a self-described small government conservative, Woodall pledged that if re-elected he would do all he could to fund America’s military and health care programs for veterans while being a watchdog against waste and abuse.