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Bright holds telephone town hall

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Packed into a small office with staffers moving the phone lines along, Congressman Bobby Bright lent his ear to the receiver--and the voters on the other end of the line.

Thousands of constituents called in to make their voices heard.

"How many congressmen actually support your ideas for healthcare reform?" asked one voter.

"I'm just very concerned that the democrats are going to try and jam certain bills and issues through the Congress," said Becky Trimble of Dothan.

Healthcare proved to be the biggest topic.

With the debate over reform heating up, Bright reiterated to voters and WSFA 12 News he would vote 'no' on any current plan.

"Right now, we've got five plans in Washington.  I disagree with all of them. I cannot support any one of them because they're too drastic," said Bright, a self-proclaimed Blue Dog Democrat.

Other voters are concerned about the nature of the town hall meetings. Some constituents say Congressman Bright is shying away from face-to-face forums.

"There's nothing to that, quite frankly.  I'm seeing hundreds and I'm seeing thousands of people, and I've done that since I've been back in the district in august," Bright responded.

With the convenience--and potential reach--of a mass conference call, Bright says telephone talks are the way to go.

"I can do better, and more people can talk with me and ask questions in a smaller group, and that's what we're doing," Bright explained.

Nearly 4,500 people called in.  Many voters also addressed topics like immigration, tax reform, and abortion.

If you missed the telephone town hall, Bright encourages voters to call their district office or his Washington office at (202) 225-2901.

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