Economic problems are at the forefront of residents' minds and Tuesday night was no exception as Rep. George Miller, D-Solano, tried to answer the questions of concerned citizens.

The town hall meeting at Travis Credit Union headquarters in Vacaville welcomed several hundred guests.

In a sometimes heated discussion, Miller tried to address issues about Social Security, home loans and government stimulus packages.

"It's a difficult time to have a town hall meeting. The financial meltdown is cause for a lot of concern," he admitted. "I don't have an answer or solution to every problem."

He said that the Obama administration is trying to do two things at one time, immediately work to limit the economic down turn while rebuilding the economy for the long term.

Attendees came from all over Solano county. Some questioned why the government continues to borrow money from funds such as Social Security, which create long-term debt. Others wondered why citizens have yet to see the benefits of the bank bailouts.

"I'm aware of what's going on in the community," Miller reassured. "Clearly, it's the economy. It is the economy every day. There is still a lot to be done."

After the meeting, Miller explained that visiting constituents is a priority.

"I have to come out here and answer people's questions and hear their concerns," he said. "It keeps me grounded. I take those concerns to Washington. We keep trying to take the best options we have. We're walking a tight rope. I know they're (citizens) watching us."

Miller said he shares his constituents concerns.

One concerned brought to his attention came from Vallejo teachers who are working with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to see that students are offered quality lunches, with choices of fruits and vegetables.

Max Green, a Vallejo Unified School District teacher, gave Miller a petition containing about 2,000 signatures to encourages the government to financially support healthier lunches, those with reduced calories and less saturated fat. The petition also supports plant-based food and nondairy, if requested.

"We need to teach the kids to eat better," Green said. "We need to make it cool to eat healthy and not lecture them."

Miller is the chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor and supports changes to the Child Nutrition Act in regard to healthier school lunches.

"We see children with adult diseases," he said, pointing to childhood obesity and an increase in diabetes.

Miller added that, although the meeting was short, he will continue listening to citizen concerns today when he travels to Pittsburg today for another town hall meeting.