Florida congressman faces raucous crowd at town hall meeting

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Posted: Mar 06, 2017 4:18 PM

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. (AP) — It took about three minutes for the majority of the crowd at Florida Congressman Tom Rooney's town hall meeting to start booing about everything from the environment to health care.

Rooney, a Republican who's in his fifth term in Congress, held the meeting Monday in Englewood. He represents a swath of rural and suburban counties in Florida's midsection.

Little more than a month into President Donald Trump's administration, Republican members of Congress are returning home to find crowds of concerned and, at times, raucous voters, pressing for explanations of the president's plans for health care, immigration policies and cabinet appointees, among other things.

Those subjects came up repeatedly at Monday's two-hour event. At times, it devolved into a holler-fest between Rooney, anti-Trump voters and pro-Trump voters. About 300 people attended.