ENID, Okla. — Anger and disappointment toward the federal government "not getting anything done" were expressed by residents attending Congressman Frank Lucas' town hall meeting in Enid on Wednesday.
"It's been six months ... nothing's happened! You guys haven't gotten anything done. If you were a real business, a bunch of people would be fired for not getting things done," said one of the men in attendance. "Enough's enough. All this talk back, fighting, arguing, calling each other names. All this talk and nothing gets done. And both sides are guilty, the Republicans and the Democrats."
One of his questions was what Lucas' point-by-point plan was to eliminate the deficit.
"I think the model we used in the 1990s is the way to get there," Lucas said, mentioning stabilizing the regulatory environment, providing tax relief and more, during the town hall at Northern Oklahoma College Enid's Gantz Center.
A woman in the audience asked if Lucas, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, if he really is for President Donald Trump and "with" him.
"It's a simple question, because it seems to me like he's having to fight Republicans and Democrats," she told Lucas. "He's (Trump) the reason I turned Republican. I want a businessman in there. I'm sick of the politicians."
Lucas said the question instead might be if the president wants to work with Congress to get his agenda done.
"The Constitution says Congress makes the law. The president has the right to veto or sign the law. If two-thirds of the House and the Senate concur, we can override the veto. The president's obligation in the executive branch of the government is to implement the laws as passed," Lucas said.
Several people in the audience said Congress isn't supporting Trump, not sending him any bills to sign and that they should all be fired.
"We're tired of Congress bickering between themselves and not trying to help him, and you guys have forgotten us. The American people don't mean anything to you," another woman said.
Aside from disappointment expressed to Lucas, many other questions revolved around health care and health care reform. Lucas talked largely about recent health care efforts, as well as the failure to pass health care reform in Senate several weeks ago.
"Something's got to happen. And I know constituents who have come to town meetings who have never had any health care who were overjoyed with what they have (now). We understand that. But I also have constituents who come tell me, 'What I have now isn't as good as what I had, and it costs a whole lot more,' and that's not fair," Lucas said. "I don't know where we go, but something's got to happen."
Another man asked about Lucas's take on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying here in Enid she seems to be no friend of public education.
"She's in that role and she will be in that role. So I'm hoping the expectations of most people are incorrect. I hope. Only time well tell," Lucas said.
Some other questions directed to Lucas involved immigration and Trump's plan to build a wall between Mexico and the United States.
"I believe there will be money (for the wall). I will vote for money, I don't know how much money, I don't know where they'll prioritize spending it ... president's made it clear that's his priority. Most of the members of the Republican conference, if not the overwhelming majority, have made it clear that's a priority," Lucas said.
Ward 1 City Commissioner Ron Janzen was in attendance and raised issue with the proposed wall.
"I hear all these questions about the wall, why should we be paying for the wall? President Trump faithfully promised us 100 times that Mexico was going to pay for the wall," Janzen said.
Lucas said Janzen "summed up the concept right there."
Other questions during the discussion revolved around internet neutrality, progress with Alzheimer's research in the state, industry, the debt ceiling and more relating to current events.
At the beginning of the meeting before the discussion, Lucas spent about 20 minutes telling those in attendance about current events in Washington, D.C. Some of these included general appropriation of government funds for the rest of the year; health care reform efforts; current relationships with Russia, Iran and North Korea; and tax reform.
Lucas's stop in Enid Wednesday afternoon rounded out several weeks of town hall meetings, comprising others stops in Alva, Cherokee, Fairview, Pawnee, Pawhuska, Ponca City and Medford.