Congressman Rod Blum holds town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Another rowdy town hall meeting for Congressman Rod Blum. This time, voters packed a gym at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA1) faces constituents at a town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (Jordee Kalk/KCRG-TV9)

It was the second of his four town halls following the vote on the bill to replace the Affordable Care Ac. Congressman Blum opposed the initial Republican bill, but last week he voted for the revised version.

Congressman Blum defended his vote to pass the American Health Care Act, which would replace the Affordable Care Act. Blum said the law only impacts people who don't get Medicare, Medicaid, or insurance through their jobs.

"If you're on Medicare today, nothing changes," Blum told the crowd.

Blum also spoke about tax reform, the Cedar Rapids flood wall and affirmed his pro-life stance.

Climate change was also brought up a couple times at tonight's meeting.

One woman says she's going to keep going to each town hall meeting until she gets an answer. She says Blum dodged the questions.

"I think it's the Republican viewpoint that humans aren't responsible for it so let's not worry about it. And that's fine except the earth is getting warmer. We know the scientists do know we are causing it to get worse, and the oceans are changing the arctic is melting," Jan Patterson said.

Blum immediately left after the one hour town hall meeting.