By Cheri Lane
Congressman Jake Ellzey hosted a special event, Coffee with your Congressman, on April 11 in Fairfield, at Dessert by MommaCakes. Rep. Ellzey spent time in Fairfield, talking to citizens and visiting the city. The event was free, and the public was encouraged to attend. Also in attendance were the congressman’s entire district team, including District Director, Julie Loose. Rep. Ellzey provided informational updates as well as spent time addressing citizen concerns. He shared his optimistic view, looking forward to potential new upcoming candidates who can be unifying. He stated, “We must be Americans again first.”
Rep. Ellzey spent time discussing the border crisis and what it will take to improve the situation. He detailed challenges regarding the cartels and the problems with illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drugs. Rep. Ellzey is working towards solutions and has co-sponsored a bill allowing the use of military force against cartels.
Concerns were raised about national security issues with China. Rep. Ellzey provided insight regarding our technology dependencies on Taiwan. He also shared budget details and how the Appropriations Committee works. Further issues were brought up about the loss of jobs for pipeliners and oil field workers. Rep. Ellzey gave information about a current bill addressing the need to rely more on gas and less on wind and solar. He stated that renewable-based products are “nice to have” but not as dependable as gas-based sources.
Other questions were based on the situation with Ukraine and Russia. Rep. Ellzey explained the importance of supporting Ukraine in fighting for themselves and gave details about weaponry monitoring and more.
The state park in Fairfield is another big issue. Rep. Ellzey expressed optimism and shared that there is more information regarding this story that is not known and that we can feel confident about the potential outcome. Some citizens wanted to know if they had any options about an upcoming situation regarding a lake to be flooded over thousands of acres of their land. They wanted to know if they had any say in the situation and offered Rep. Ellzey a tour of the area in question. He assured them he would find out more about it and make a time to look at the property to be flooded. Additionally, Rep. Ellzey discussed at length concerns about school security, election integrity, social security, digital currency and more.
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