HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) appeared at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce breakfast Monday morning.
He spoke for about 20 minutes, spelling out where he stands on the most worrisome issues for Alabamians and taking a few questions from attendees.
It was a packed room at the North Hall of the Von Braun Center.
Shelby said the biggest concern of Alabamians is the economy, and he didn’t like what he saw in President Obama’s budget proposal, suggesting the Tennessee Valley Authority should be sold.
“Among other things, it’s got a lot of taxes in it, so I don’t know any republicans who are gonna vote for it,” said Shelby.
“Let’s be honest with each other. TVA’s got huge debt, you know. 24 billion dollars and I don’t know who’d buy it.”
Shelby also told attendees he and three other Congressmen, both Republican and Democrat, meet weekly to come up with solutions of their own to budget problems and hope to make a difference by October.
On the topic of gun rights, Shelby isn’t for more restrictions. “You should use them with care,” he told reporters. “You should be careful with them, but let’s don’t take peoples’ rights away. let’s don’t erode them.”
On immigration reform, Shelby said the U.S. already has the solution in place, if only it could be enforced.
“We do have laws, we’ve never enforced them, immigration laws,” he said. “We don’t enforce our border. We don’t protect our border and people come here illegally and later we say ‘awww, they’ve been here’.. maybe they stay’. But we’re supposed to be a nation of laws and we should protect our borders, but sadly we don’t.”
Shelby also told reporters threats from North Korea are becoming worrisome for Alabamians.
He hopes China could step in and help ease the tension. He insists the U.S. could destroy North Korea if necessary but wants to try to avoid war.