Congressman Scott to hold town hall meet

Austin Scott

Austin Scott

COVINGTON -- Rep. Austin Scott will hold a town hall meeting at the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington at 10 a.m. Monday.

Scott is expected to give a brief presentation and speak on the budget proposals that have had Washington lawmakers bickering for months and threatened to shut down the federal government.

"He's open to questions and a large majority of the time will be reserved for questions and answers," said spokeswoman Cassie Smedile.

Covington is the first stop in a series of town hall meetings and Lunch with Your Legislator events that Scott will be hosting throughout the 8th Congressional District, which spans 21 counties, from Newton to Colquitt County near the Florida line. He will also be in Jackson and Forsyth on Monday.

"We're hoping for really great turnout and spirited conversations," Smedile said.

Scott beat Democratic four-term incumbent Jim Marshall in November. He promised in his campaign to fight to repeal the health care reform bill, which he said was passed "without regard to the will of the American people." He also spoke out strongly against illegal immigration, saying the solution is to "Seal the border and put an end to birthright citizenship. If the parents are here illegally, the child should not have the right to citizenship."

Scott has said he is opposed to excessive bailouts and pork-laden stimulus spending in Congress. He said small business is the key to getting the economy back on track and suggests reducing the regulatory burden of government, lowering taxes and providing incentives to hiring new employees.