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Rep. Meadows tours A-B Tech; protesters ask him to attend town hall meeting

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC11, toured the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College campus Thursday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A local congressman credits A-B Tech with helping local residents get the skills they need to get good jobs.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC11, toured the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College campus Thursday.

He visited several programs, including nursing and other medical training classes, as well as the college's culinary programs.

Students are in finals week, so they're headed into the workforce soon.

"These students will go from graduating here, ultimately to serving in restaurants or fine establishments across the country, and so to see the level of expertise right here in our own backyard is to be applauded," Meadows said. "It's also looking at the need, what are the needs, what are the needs we have?"

Meadows gave a commencement speech at A-B Tech several years ago, but this was his first tour of some of the college's programs.

But not everyone welcomed Meadows to A-B Tech. A large group gathered outside, calling on him to attend their town hall Sunday in Waynesville.

"We demanded a town hall with him because we have questions about the work that he is doing with health care legislation that he is involved in that will directly affect all of us here, and he continues to ignore that," protester Ashley McDermott said.

Meadows was among House Republicans who opposed a health care reform bill, prompting congressional leaders to pull a bill being pushed by President Donald Trump.

Meadows said Thursday he continues to work on a health care bill that addresses concerns of his constituents.

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