GOP House freshmen draw mixed response at home

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Posted: Feb 25, 2011 4:15 PM
GOP House freshmen draw mixed response at home

The 87 GOP House freshmen are making good on their promise to trim federal spending. But their votes to cut $61 billion are getting mixed reviews around the country, where voters say they worry the cuts will hurt the elderly and disadvantaged.

Several lawmakers held town hall meetings in their districts this week. Some won standing ovations from huge crowds. Others drew parents pushing baby strollers protesting potential cuts to Head Start.

These town hall meetings were nothing like those that took place in the summer of 2009, when voters wary of Obama's health care proposal shouted down members of Congress at raucous televised gatherings.

And while attendees largely favored lawmakers' efforts to cut spending, many specifics that gave them pause like potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security.