U.S. Senator David Vitter conducted a Town Hall gathering Wednesday evening at the police jury meeting room in the courthouse. Vitter has conducted more than 250 such events every two years.
Among those attending were Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Sheriff Eddie Soileau, Assessor Dirk Deville , police jurors and other public officials
There were a wide range of issues brought up for discussion. Those issues include:
Sequestration-Senator Vitter said sequestration cuts will unfairly impact the military more than other federal areas. Those cuts could affect operations at such installations as Fort Polk;
Immigration Reform- Senator Vitter is opposed to the current immigration reform bill because it gives almost immediate amnesty to the 12 million aliens with no real enforcement of our borders. He feels the answer is in enforcement at the workplace;
Popular vote to elect the President- the Senator is opposed to scrapping the electoral college vote which gives smaller states like Louisiana greater importance to presidential candidates;
Political Scandals- Senator Vitter felt there is a need for a special independent prosecutor to investigate the I.R.S. scandal and the Bengazi incident. Vitter said he was in favor of scrapping the complicated tax code and going to a flat tax or a fair consumption tax;
On Line Sales Tax- the bill which he opposed has passed the Senate and will probably pass the House of Representatives. Should the bill become law, Louisiana could stand to collect$400 million dollars that would be divided among parishes and cities;
Veterans- The Senator was in favor of funding the Veterans Administration to hire additional personnel rather than additional I.R.S. staffers to take care of the huge backlog of cases to help veterans;
Farm Bill-He is in favor of the current Farm Bill and will help Louisiana farmers;
Also there was plenty of discussion dealing with social security and the Affordable Care Act.