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Coward Politicians Cutting Back on Town Halls

#1  Postby Teague » Jul 04, 2017 9:23 am

Lawmakers cutting back town halls this month

After two straight recesses with high-profile harangues from voters, fewer members of Congress are holding town halls recently — and it’s not just Republicans who are cutting their time in the spotlight back home.

Thirty-six House Republicans scheduled public meetings during the current weeklong recess and one earlier in May, according to a POLITICO analysis of data maintained by the independent website Legistorm. That’s less than half the 74 House Republicans who held town halls during a two-week break in April, and only a handful more than the 31 who booked such public or televised events during February’s one-week pause in legislating.

The drop in town halls as protests continue this year over repealing Obamacare and other aspects of President Donald Trump’s agenda is even sharper among Senate Republicans. Only two have town halls this week, their only time off since April. During their two-week April break, 11 GOP senators booked public meetings, and in a week off in February, five had them.

Democrats are cutting appearances as the year drags on, too. The number of House Democrats holding town halls during the most recent two weeks off — 65 — almost doubles the number of House GOP members holding them but is a 14 percent drop from the 76 House Democrats who held public meetings during April’s two weeks off. In just a week break in February, by comparison, 64 House Democrats held town halls.

Only six Democratic senators held town halls this week, down from 20 during April’s two-week break and 11 in a week off in February. ... ack-239028
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