Senator visits Routt County

Allard town meeting provides opportunity to ask questions

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— U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard will hold a Routt County town meeting in Centennial Hall on Wednesday.

"He does this every year to get out to as many counties as he can," said Carolyn Williams, Allard's press secretary. "He likes to talk to his constituents about what is on their mind."

Allard plans to use the meeting to entertain questions and comments from constituents.

"He'll make a few remarks, but will mostly be taking questions from people because he wants to know what people are thinking," spokeswoman Angela de Rocha said.

Allard recently introduced some long-term bark beetle legislation that takes a big-picture approach to protect the Yampa Valley's watershed, de Rocha said. He also will answer questions about the recent proposed immigration legislation that was killed by the Senate.

Allard continues to oppose blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants.

"On Thursday, I voted against moving forward on the immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and on Friday against the so-called 'compromise' bill because both would have rewarded millions of individuals who have broken our laws," Allard said. "I do not believe it is fair to let lawbreakers jump to the front of the citizenship line ahead of those who have followed the rules, observed the laws and gone through the legal process."

Allard introduced an amendment to the immigration reform bill last week aimed at strengthening the federal government's effort to stop the flow of methamphetamine across our borders. Meth has become a growing problem in Routt and Moffat counties.

"My amendment would speed up U.S. coordination of an international effort to control and crack down on the ingredients needed to make meth," Allard said.

The meeting will allow residents to discuss issues that are important to the community.

"Allard likes to talk to people face to face about what is on their mind and hear their concerns and see where they are coming from," de Rocha said.

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