Hinson speaks January 6, Russia, social security, city council elections
Hinson speaks January 6, Russia, social security, city council elections

Hinson speaks January 6, Russia, social security, city council elections

Rep. Ashley Hinson, a Marion Republican representing northeastern Iowa, took a wide range of issues from Ukraine for social security to defendants on Jan. 6 and more during two town hall meetings in Brooklyn and Marshalltown on Thursday.

6. Jan Uprising

At Hinson’s first stop Thursday morning at the Brooklyn Opera House in Poweshiek County, a woman complained that on January 6, many defendants were treated more harshly, those “left” who were denied various charges.

(Although some cases has been dismissed and some acquitted of charges, there is no evidence that federal judges dismiss cases against defendants based on their political views. Rebels gathered that day in support of former President Donald Trump, a Republican, to prevent Congress from confirming the president’s vote for President Joe Biden in what they called “Stop the Steal.”

In contrast to Senator Chuck Grassley, who remarked at City Halls last week that the defendants successfully claimed that the Capitol Police opened their doors to the people and that the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi had “miles of movies” She did not share yet, Hinson did not give the defendants on January 6 any slack.

“I believe in accountability … whether it was January 6th, or whether it’s in a riot, or whether it’s someone stealing a car or committing violence against their spouse in our community,” she said. “Jan. 6 was a terrible day. I was there. I want to make sure the people who break the law are held accountable.”

Social Security

Another audience in Brooklyn asked about social security and whether it would exist in the coming decades.

Hinson said that if Republicans regained the majority in the House of Representatives in November, they would be ready to “kick the jug down the road on this issue,” though she admitted it would involve “making some difficult decisions” to prevent the program. in disappearing. Social Security is the largest program in the federal budget and is taking up almost a quarter of federal spending.

“My goal is to make sure it’s around. It could involve making some difficult decisions. You sent me to Washington DC to make difficult decisions,” Hinson said. “One of the things we’re talking about … our biggest plan when we first take the majority back is to present not only a 10-year outlook for budgeting, but a 20-year outlook … A few years ago, Iowans had to make some difficult decisions about our IPERS (Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System) program here… It is my goal that these programs exist in the long term. ”

Election reform

A questioner at Hinson City Hall late in the morning at Marshalltown Community College asked about “everything we can do to ensure we have a fair and free choice … with all the ballot papers and ballot papers submitted and all these things that put questioning elections. ”

Hinson responded by noting that the election in Iowa had been and would continue to be fair.

“Iowans know our electoral process is working,” she said. “I completely trust that we have done what we have to do here in Iowa to ensure that we have electoral integrity and that your vote is your vote here.”

She said she believed in “common” measures like Voter ID, but said each state had the right to hold its own election. She also said she felt Congress should not be in the process of “federalizing elections”, calling bills such as John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Actwhich adopted Parliament by a party vote, “unconstitutional.”

“I think many states have taken steps to ensure that we will not be in doubt that our choices are safe,” she added.

Ukraine / Russia Strategy

Another Marshalltown participant asked about Hinson’s thoughts on the strategy for dealing with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying he felt it was “necessary to be twofold, that we are strong and that we can help maintain peace.”

Hinson noted that Congress “is doing everything we can to make resources available,” noting that lawmakers agreed send 13.6 billion in aid of the besieged nation in March with a vote in Parliament of 361-69. Hinson and the rest of the Iowa delegation voted in favor of the bill. About half of that money will be spent on strengthening US troops in the region – though not in Ukraine itself – and sending defense equipment, while the other half is divided between humanitarian and financial assistance.

“We want to make sure they have the weapons they need to defend themselves,” she said. “I do not think soft diplomacy will work here.”

But she said decisions should be strategic.

“I think the last thing we want is to be at war with Russia,” Hinson said. “We know that Russia continues to pose has just fired a hypersonic test (intercontinental ballistic missile) this week. … They just stick, keep sticking. ”

She named a new “axis of evil” such as “Russia, China and Iran.”

“This is, I think, our neighbor – if we try to be proactive and look forward to making sure we support one of our allies, then Taiwan also needs our support,” Hinson said. “You talk about the impact on our supply chain: If Taiwan is taken over by China, or if there is a conflict there, it would also be devastating for us – we depend on them for a lot of products.”

By Amie Rivers

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