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Nearly 500 Attend Rep. Gabbard’s Kona Town Hall Meeting

April 12, 2017, 7:46 AM HST
* Updated April 12, 7:49 AM
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View the video below to hear her comments on education budget cuts and Trump’s “recklessly launched  military strike.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) kicked off her statewide Town Hall Tour in Kona last night, Tuesday, April 11, when nearly 500 residents of West Hawaiʻi packed the Kealakehe Intermediate School cafeteria to hear from their congresswoman and discuss issues affecting Hawaiʻi, the country and the world.

More than 30,000 viewers tuned in via Facebook Live for the first of seven town hall meeting that Rep. Gabbard is hosting during the April District Work Period throughout the state.

Rep. Gabbard spoke about her work in Congress and the bills she’s introduced and cosponsored that affect Hawaiʻi communities, including legislation to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever and to combat invasive species like the coffee berry borer, macadamia felted coccid, albizia trees, coconut rhinoceros beetle, little fire ants and the fungus that causes rapid ohia death.

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She also highlighted her bills to support local farmers, small businesses, the agriculture industry and sustainability efforts.

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The congresswoman spent the majority of the meeting answering questions from the audience on topics including ending the counterproductive regime change war in Syria, defeating terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda, President Donal Trump’s recent attack on Syria, federal spending, civil liberties, healthcare, education, military issues and veteran services.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her statewide Town Hall Tour in Kona on Tuesday, April 11.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her statewide Town Hall Tour in Kona on Tuesday, April 11.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her statewide Town Hall Tour in Kona on Tuesday, April 11.

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