Republicans, residents, welcome Shelby to city

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 12, 2006

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) will meet with the residents of Butler County today at 4 p.m. at City Hall, which is located at 119 East Commerce Street.

Shelby will discuss his legislative agenda for the 109th Congress along with important issues facing not only the nation, but also the state of Alabama.

&#8220I am very glad for Sen. Shelby to come to Greenville,” Joan Reynolds, Chairman of the Butler County Republican Party, said.

&#8220This will give us the opportunity to talk with him face to face about issues we read about in the newspapers and hear about on the news.”

Reynolds said that it was a good idea for all of the senators to make visits to their state, especially to small counties.

One particular issue that concerns Reynolds is immigration.

&#8220I want to know what he thinks about that situation,” she said.

Bill Bates, Alabama Republican Party State executive member, said that he has known Shelby &#8220for years and years.”

&#8220I've known him ever since he first came into the Senate,” Bates said.

&#8220He's done a good job helping the people in this area. If you call his office for any kind of help, they will return your call.”

Another issue that will probably be on many people's minds is reducing the number of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to Reynolds, many people will want to know what he thinks about this ever-present issue.

&#8220Plus, it is so important for Sen. Shelby to know what the people think,” she said.

Shelby has held nearly 1,300 county visits since being elected to serve the state of Alabama.

As part of his commitment to Alabamians, Sen. Shelby holds a meeting in each county once a year.

Today's meeting is open to the public.