US Rep. Smucker sits down with Reading City Council

'We need to hear from him,' councilwoman says

READING, Pa. - U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker has an office inside Reading City Hall, but Monday night, his seat was inside council chambers. Smucker met with members of city council.

"I liked that Congressman Smucker seemed to offer a spirit of at least that he'd be willing to work with us," said Councilman Chris Daubert, "however, I just want to actually see that play out."

"We need to hear from him and have that ongoing dialogue, that we're not just the tail-end of his congressional district, but a vital part of it," said Councilwoman Marcia Goodman-Hinnerschitz.

Council discussed the prospect of a long-desired passenger rail line. Smucker serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

"I would be happy to help and support the idea of bringing passenger rail to Reading in any way I can," Smucker told Council.

But the issue that brought out a small group of protesters: health care. Smucker is the only one of the four Republican congressmen serving parts of Berks County to vote "yes" on the American Heath Care Act, which would replace the current law, known as the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. He defended that vote.

"Across the country, we're going to continue to see rising costs. At the same time, the deductibles have gone up dramatically. Insurers are pulling out of the marketplace," said Smucker.

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