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Senator Wyden Holds Town Hall at North Medford High School

Two big topics the room wanted updates on were President Trump's National Emergency Declaration for a border wall and the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline

Posted: Feb. 20, 2019 6:34 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. --Senator Wyden held a town hall at North Medford High School Wednesday.

Wyden told the room he supports some sort of border security but doesn't think the wall the President's been proposing makes sense.

“I'm going to work for common sense approaches in border security. The wall doesn't meet that test now. It isn't going to meet it in the future and I am going to continue to oppose this wall," Senator Wyden added.

While there was a boo coming from one side of the room, others clapped and cheered in agreement.

"You can use surveillance which would work better,” said Gold Hill resident Buffi Vega. “I think if you're going to do something, do it sensibly. I mean billions of dollars for a wall is just ridiculous."

Wyden said he doesn't agree with the President's recent National Emergency Declaration. The White House said this declaration could allow the President to tap into allocated funds from other agencies to get that wall built--a concept the senator is strongly against.

"The constitution is very clear, that congress appropriates the funds. The President does not appropriate the funds," Senator Wyden said.

The Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline was a topic many also wanted updates on. It's what Vega wanted to hear about the most.

"It’s just very scary because they've already had an explosion up in British Columbia and if it happens here, we already know what fire does to this area so it's just very scary," Vega said.

She's far from happy with Wyden’s response to a question about what he thinks about the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline. Wyden said he's sticking to the position he's had over the last six years.

"I made a pledge that I wouldn't put my thumb on the scale and I'm sticking to it."

The pipeline would move compressed natural gas through the state near Malin in Klamath County to an export facility is Coos Bay.

"He needs to listen to the people in the area that it’s going to interfere with and effect. They say there's going to be all these jobs, there's not going to be all these jobs. The leaking of the LNG it what’s scary," Vega added.

Senator Wyden is holding three more Oregon town halls this time around:
Friday, Feb. 22
Jefferson County: 10:30 am, Madras Performing Arts Center, 412 Buff St., Madras

Saturday, Feb. 23
Deschutes County: 10 am, Summit High School gym, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr., Bend
Crook County: 3 pm, Crook County High School auditorium, 1100 SE Lynn Boulevard, Prineville

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