Congressman Morgan Griffith of the 9th District of Virginia held a townhall in Richlands High School today with students. Students asked Griffith about coal and other energy sources within the Southwest Virginia area. The Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act, introduced by Griffith, recently passed the United States Senate and is waiting to be signed by President Trump.
Griffith in a statement says that speaking with younger constituents is very important to him, as they will feel the effects of legislation more than older constituents.
Students also asked about the United States Postal System, checks and balances within the United States, and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Griffith told WVVA News that although he wasn’t surprised by questions posed by the students, he was surprised by the apprehension to discussing Kavanaugh, and attributed that to the polarization around his confirmation.
When asked about high school students can talk about dividing political issues, Griffith had advice: “We need to be a little bit nicer to each other, recognize we’re going to have differences, everybody is entitled to a difference in opinion, and let’s be a little more gentle about it” Griffith told WVVA News, noting that discussing political topic online may be contributing to the polarization.