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Tucson tragedy affects congressional events in Wis.


SUSSEX (WKOW) -- The most veteran member of Wisconsin's congressional delegation continued to meet with constituents in the wake of tragic shootings at an Arizona congressional event, but said he's mindful of a new security requirement.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said congressional staff members must inform law enforcement of any scheduled public events.

"I have done that,"   Sensenbrenner told WKOW27 News at a Sussex congressional town hall meeting Monday in Waukesha County.

The event attracted two dozen people.

Two uniformed deputies with the Waukesha County sheriff's office were present during the question-and-answer session, one of several Sensenbrenner held Monday.

Ann Wegner of Sussex asked about the fate of national health care reform passed last year.   Sensenbrenner said expected house passage of a repeal of the reform could bring parties from both sides to the negotiating table.

Wegner said the Arizona tragedy did not deter her from attending the town hall.

"I'm just glad the discussion still takes place.   I feel safe in our town."

Sensenbrenner has served in Congress for more than three decades.   Sensenbrenner said he's been the subject of threats at times, but does not feel they have escalated over time.

"I would hope that whatever fallout comes from this tragedy in Arizona is that people will not be afraid to come and talk to their elected officials and elected officials will not put themselves in the security bubble."

Sensenbrenner said he's served the past four years on the house science committee with the target of the weekend assassination attempt, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az.).

"She's a very approachable and very thoughtful person.   I was shocked."

Online reporting by Tony Galli.








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