MILES - Congressman Mike Conaway reported during a Town Hall meeting in Miles Thursday, that the country is doing well a year in to the new administration.

MILES - Congressman Mike Conaway reported during a Town Hall meeting in Miles Thursday, that the country is doing well a year in to the new administration.

After being asked by a constituent if the country is in better shape under the Trump administration, Conaway, who represents the 11th District, offered a resounding “yes.”

“We have been able to appoint appellate judges, approved the tax bill and the economy is going great,” Conaway told a group of about 30 who attended the meeting at Weatherby Hall in Miles.

However, he said he disagreed with some of the actions of the president.

“I disagree with some of the stuff - the tweets,” Conaway said. “I’d rather him not pick fights. But overall I believe we are better off.”

He said modifications are on the way for the Farm Bill, including one which would make changes to SNAP, which would push for strict employment enforcement.

“SNAP is the most contentious area we’ve got,” Conaway said. “The emphasis is on work and making sure that folks (who receive it) should work if they are able,” Conaway said.

He told the agriculture producers in the audience, that he was trying to get “you some help now.” That help may be in the form of adding cotton back to TItle 1 distinction.

“We’ve got a proposal for cotton that will get you some help,” he explained.

Conaway also updated the group on the Russia investigation, saying that as a member of the intelligence committee he has helped craft a memo that he wants to release publicly, but so far the release of the memo detailing some portion of the committee’s probe, has not been released.

Conaway said while he was encouraged by the passage of the tax bill, he did not feel the bill simplified filing.

“You will pay less taxes,” he said. “But I don’t have a lot of hope that it will be simplified.”

The congressman also briefed the group on the border wall. One of the constituents asked “how are you going to build a border wall on Big Bend?”

“We’re not,” Conaway said. “In certain areas it will be drones and other types of security. There may be places (along the border) where there are more effective ways to secure (the border).”

Conaway mentioned that going forward to Feb. 8, he and his colleagues will be discussing adding funding to the military.

“The Democrats want more focus on domestic spending,” he said. “We are looking at more spending on the military.”

He concluded by praising the come back of the oil industry.

“Thank goodness for $65 a barrel oil,” he said.

In conclusion, he encouraged those in attendance to continue to protect the constitution and to maintain a moral high ground in all of their endeavors.

“You have to live a moral code and defend values and principles,” Conaway said. “It is our job to stand up for the truths and values that this constitution represents.”