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Lawmakers Face Tough Crowds at Town Hall Meetings

by Countable | 3.20.17

The first recess on the Congressional calendar is generally one where lawmakers return home to assess the first weeks of the new legislative session, plan adjustments, study proposals, and meet with constituents amid taking a rest from the continual bustle that defines Capitol Hill.

Not so much this legislative break taking place barely a month into the presidency of Donald Trump. Voters were ready to face off with their reps in town halls, where many hoped to air their grievances in real time and receive answers and/or assurances in the same vein.

Some reps, possibly fearing a backlash or protests related to the flurry of activity that has marked the early weeks of the Trump administration, ducked the town hall construct entirely. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), for example, declined to meet constituents in rooms they reserved for the purpose while his fellow Garden State colleague Rep. Tom MacArthur opted to interact with voters via conference call.

Still others, however, decided to risk the specter of demonstrations to face their constituents head-on. The discourse was, at times, spirited, pointed, and, for some reps, awkward to navigate. Here are some highlights:

Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.)

Meeting with constituents in four town halls across the southern district he represents, Reed was deep in the heart of Trump supporters, but still met with jeers and anger from those who wanted answers from the four-time elected congressman, specifically on Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. Reed struggled to be heard at a North Harmony, N.Y., gathering, where he was frequently interrupted by chants of "Medicare works!" and “Do your job!”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

As an anti-Trump protest movement grows, more Democratic politicians are planning town halls, in a reversal of a recent trend that saw GOP lawmakers holding more public gatherings. Not every Democrat is embracing the trend, with many, like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) looking to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for guidance on navigating potentially hostile crowds. But a fair few Democratic legislators are pressing ahead. Wyden is leading the charge, planning eight town halls over the break, with nearly 2,000 generally calm, but concerned, constituents packing an Oregon City high school on Saturday to vent about the president’s Cabinet nominations, possible ties to Russia, and his unreleased taxes.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)

A Charleston town hall morphed into an almost "good cop-bad cop" affair as Sanford, a noted critic of some of the moves made by the president and his advisors, appeared with Scott, who has given Trump much more deference and leeway. The crowd clearly preferred Sanford, who stated that Trump should release his tax returns and was less than impressed with the administration’s comfort with “alternative facts,” to Sanford, who was challenged on his support for Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and his disdain of the ACA. In the end, Sanford stuck around for questions almost until the bitter end, addressing an overflow crowd waiting outside, while Scott had to cut his appearance short to attend a funeral.

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)

More than 800 journeyed to the Palms section of L.A. to discuss their concerns with the political climate with Bass, who exhorted constituents to harness the energy of the anti-Trump movement to continue their activism. Many of those who participated in the town hall agreed with Bass’s criticisms of the administration and many of its policies, but some challenged at least a few of Bass’s viewpoints, stating that while they did not agree with all of Trump’s activities over the short tenure of his presidency, they did agree with some of the key features of his platform, such as controlling the southern border.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)

One Republican congressman who faced the wrath of ticked-off constituents managed to get the crowd on his side. His secret? Reminding them that he had come down hard on the president’s policies, had voted against a resolution that would begin the repeal of the ACA, and, in fact, hadn’t even voted for Trump in the general election – a comment that drew enthusiastic applause.

Amash has held a series of town halls during the month, each of them well-attended. He appears to be positioning himself as a moderate Republican of traditional conservative values who opposes much of what Trump stands for, and made headlines by denouncing Trump’s criticism of Rep. John Lewish (D-GA), imploring Trump on Twitter to "just stop."

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  • Danielle
    02/21/2017
    ···

    You work for the people of this country, not the other way around, the people have spoken loud and clear. This is where I stand. I feel that the 45th President, his Cabinet and administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should "work together" with him, because he won the election and he is "everyone's president." I am willing to do all of that if/when his policies seem reasonable. However: •I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years... •I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid. •I will not "work together" to build a wall. •I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims. •I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from other countries. •I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor. •I will not "work together" to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies. •I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection. •I will not "work together" to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands. •I will not "work together" to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them. •I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone. •I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive. •I will not "work together" to slash funding for education. •I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. •I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns. •I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage. •I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way. •I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts. •I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women. •I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons. •I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics. •I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention. •I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred. •I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it. •I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a "pre-existing condition." •I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression. •I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny. I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversight at any level of government. •I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators. •I will not support anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen. This is my line, and I am drawing it. •I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself. •I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN: That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is nothing... When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence. If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you want, sign your name below ours. Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list. Signed: Patricia Rollins Trosclair Andrea Dora Zysk George Georgakis John Christopher John Bowles Patrick St.Louis Carla Patrick Darnell Bender Vickie Davis JMichael Carter Janice Frazier-Scott Rev. ELaura James Reid Jeanette Bouknight Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey Gerald Butler Carolyn McDougle Vaughn Chatman Adrienne Brown Gary Trousdale Steven E Gordon Isis Nocturne Debi Murray Maureen O. Betita Mona Enderli Fernie James Tamblin Myrna Dodgion Alan Locklear Tom Wilmore Jackie Evans Donna Endres Lora Fountain Roberta Gregory Heather A Mayhew Stevo Wehr Nathan Stivers Jen RaLee Joan Holden Leigh Lutz Deborah Kirkpatrick Linda Levy Tom Rue Nancy Hoffmann-Allison Beejay McCabe Michael James Myers Edward T. Spire Rupert Chapman Dawn R. 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  • Laura
    02/22/2017
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    I am truly heartbroken that my Republican Senator, Pat Toomey, and so many Republican Senators and Representatives across the country do not feel any responsibility to their non-Republican constituents. Hell, I'm not even sure they feel responsibility to their Republican constituents. The lack of courage and integrity to face constituents at a town hall is one thing. But the lack of desire to take their constituents' written and telephonic experiences, opinions, and needs to heart, their lack of any recognition that their employment by the people is supposed to be FOR the people is disheartening to say the least. As much as I want Toomey to have regular town halls accessible to constituents across the state including SE PA, I am resigned to the awareness that he doesn't care anyway. Every letter I receive from him in reply to my constituent outreach basically says what his beliefs are, how he is going to proceed, and indicates in so many words he doesn't give a damn about what my beliefs are, what the facts are, or how his legislative votes might impact me or other constituents. I am tired of a representative government that doesn't seem very representative but for party lines.

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  • Scott-Frady
    02/21/2017
    ···

    I am requesting yet again that you come to your state and give an account for why you want to get rid of the ACA without having any idea what you're doing to replace it. I think you need to face us and tell us how it will be better for us to lose pre existing coverage. I would like to hear how good it will be to return to life time maximums if you have cancer. I would like to hear how we will be better off with millions losing their existing coverage because in your blind hatred for President Obama you think anything associated with his administration is evil and socialist. Please explain to us why you feel the need to replace when the logical solution is to reform what we already have. want to know why the ACA has struggled? Its your fault because in your blind partisanship you rejected Medicaid expansion and spurned the individual mandate which made sure only the sickest would get insurance therefore increasing premiums. You made it impossible for the companies to hold premiums low. The ACA is not perfect, but the solution is not to replace it with HSAs and tax credits. Sick people with no means can't save enough and they certainly can't wait till tax season to get sick. If you want to do things that prices most people out of the picture. That is not equal access to healthcare. It is despicable that you want to do this when the ACA has done more for Americans access to healthcare than any prior attempt. So if you won't consider single payer and you want to make healthcare accessible only for those who can afford it which will be the people who have bribed you into making Americans suffer so they can make a buck, go right ahead. But tell us to our face. Don't hide behind a moderated chat where you can pick and choose what you answer. Get home to the people who you work for and face the music. You deserve any derision you receive. We are tired of this and we are not going away. Come on home. We have the right to be heard.

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  • Balaji
    02/22/2017
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    Pat Toomey, there are senators out there that are absconding and doing live web casts. You, on the other hand, sir, completely decline from attending the one planned in Allentown? I read the reason you give is that you recently did one. So should I read that as you being available to your people only when you deem necessary and not the people of your state? Senators belong to parties, but once elected they represent ALL the people of their state. We are one month into a new Presidency and have seen quite a bit in this one month and now is the ideal time for us to have questions and have them answered. Respectfully, sir, you not attending the upcoming town hall in Allentown is childish and an abandonment of your constituents. Please grow some courage and show up. Even if you calling some of the people that will show up as "paid for by whoever", not all of us are. And our concerns need to be heard. Not abused.

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  • Linda
    02/21/2017
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    You work for the people of this country, not the other way around, the people have spoken loud and clear. This is where I stand. I feel that the 45th President, his Cabinet and administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should "work together" with him, because he won the election and he is "everyone's president." I am willing to do all of that if/when his policies seem reasonable. However: •I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years... •I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid. •I will not "work together" to build a wall. •I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims. •I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from other countries. •I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor. •I will not "work together" to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies. •I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection. •I will not "work together" to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands. •I will not "work together" to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them. •I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone. •I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive. •I will not "work together" to slash funding for education. •I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. •I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns. •I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage. •I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way. •I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts. •I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women. •I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons. •I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics. •I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention. •I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred. •I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it. •I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a "pre-existing condition." •I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression. •I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny. I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversight at any level of government. •I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators. •I will not support anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen. This is my line, and I am drawing it. •I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself. •I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN: That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is nothing... When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence. If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you want, sign your name below ours. Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list. Signed: Patricia Rollins Trosclair Andrea Dora Zysk George Georgakis John Christopher John Bowles Patrick St.Louis Carla Patrick Darnell Bender Vickie Davis JMichael Carter Janice Frazier-Scott Rev. ELaura James Reid Jeanette Bouknight Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey Gerald Butler Carolyn McDougle Vaughn Chatman Adrienne Brown Gary Trousdale Steven E Gordon Isis Nocturne Debi Murray Maureen O. Betita Mona Enderli Fernie James Tamblin Myrna Dodgion Alan Locklear Tom Wilmore Jackie Evans Donna Endres Lora Fountain Roberta Gregory Heather A Mayhew Stevo Wehr Nathan Stivers Jen RaLee Joan Holden Leigh Lutz Deborah Kirkpatrick Linda Levy Tom Rue Nancy Hoffmann-Allison Beejay McCabe Michael James Myers Edward T. Spire Rupert Chapman Dawn R. Dunbar Robin Wilson Monique Boutot Laura Brown 💪🏼 Susan Aptaker Steve Katz Bonnie Wolk Risa Guttman-Kornwitz Angela Gora Butch Norman Sharon Tolman Sue Zislis Maurice Hirsch Satch Dobrey Jim Krapf Don Starwalt Deb Johansen Daniel Anderson Diane Kenney Rebecca Koop Nancy Shuert Bill Pryor Patrick Lamb Bob Travaglione Margaret Ragan Martha Peters Steve Wilson Lauren Sullivan Scott Bevan Roger Saunden Jane Ayer Alex Simon Laura Gross Kevin Geiger Michael Mikula CJ Cj Niehaus Craig Rhodes Anne Megibow Gloria Weissman Valerie Ervin Peter Ciccariello Martha Hurd Meredith Stephanie Mastri Eileen Eileen P Burke Mirchel-Larsen William Larsen Margie LaRue Raymond Herrick K. Kokko Rita Boucher Robert Meganck Jon Foster Rebecca Leveille Guay Marc Scheff Patric Lehmann Tom Boyer Jennifer Schoenewald Stephen Marmel Carolynn Angle Candice Archibald Kristin Langford Nicole LaGreca Jack Cooper Peter Shark Ralph Polley Beau Weaver J. Ryan Jennifer Proctor Linda Espinosa

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  • Dennise
    02/22/2017
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    I understand that town hall meetings are difficult in this political climate. You should understand that, as our representative, it is your job to listen and represent all of your constituents. Hiding from town hall meetings shows you are not willing to do your job.

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  • T.c.
    02/21/2017
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    I think it's about time that we remind our "Representatives" who they work for!

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  • Mrehnbo
    02/22/2017
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    The people working in our government must remember that constitutionally the sole purpose of their job is to represent the people, their voting constituents, and to represent their needs based on their particular role within government. Avoiding town hall meetings and buffering oneself from hearing directly from their constituents fails at being an effective public servant. The only reason a town hall meeting would be friction filled would be because the politician isn't representing his/her constituents effectively! Face the fiddler! Refocus, listen to your people and represent!

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  • mandyroseowens
    02/21/2017
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    You work for the people of this country, not the other way around, the people have spoken loud and clear. This is where I stand. I feel that the 45th President, his Cabinet and administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should "work together" with him, because he won the election and he is "everyone's president." I am willing to do all of that if/when his policies seem reasonable. However: •I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years... •I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid. •I will not "work together" to build a wall. •I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims. •I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from other countries. •I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor. •I will not "work together" to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies. •I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection. •I will not "work together" to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands. •I will not "work together" to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them. •I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone. •I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive. •I will not "work together" to slash funding for education. •I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. •I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns. •I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage. •I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way. •I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts. •I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women. •I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons. •I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics. •I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention. •I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred. •I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it. •I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a "pre-existing condition." •I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression. •I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny. I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversight at any level of government. •I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators. •I will not support anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen. This is my line, and I am drawing it. •I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself. •I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN: That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is nothing... When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence. If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you want, sign your name below ours. Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list. Signed: Patricia Rollins Trosclair Andrea Dora Zysk George Georgakis John Christopher John Bowles Patrick St.Louis Carla Patrick Darnell Bender Vickie Davis JMichael Carter Janice Frazier-Scott Rev. ELaura James Reid Jeanette Bouknight Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey Gerald Butler Carolyn McDougle Vaughn Chatman Adrienne Brown Gary Trousdale Steven E Gordon Isis Nocturne Debi Murray Maureen O. Betita Mona Enderli Fernie James Tamblin Myrna Dodgion Alan Locklear Tom Wilmore Jackie Evans Donna Endres Lora Fountain Roberta Gregory Heather A Mayhew Stevo Wehr Nathan Stivers Jen RaLee Joan Holden Leigh Lutz Deborah Kirkpatrick Linda Levy Tom Rue Nancy Hoffmann-Allison Beejay McCabe Michael James Myers Edward T. Spire Rupert Chapman Dawn R. Dunbar Robin Wilson Monique Boutot Laura Brown 💪🏼 Susan Aptaker Steve Katz Bonnie Wolk Risa Guttman-Kornwitz Angela Gora Butch Norman Sharon Tolman Sue Zislis Maurice Hirsch Satch Dobrey Jim Krapf Don Starwalt Deb Johansen Daniel Anderson Diane Kenney Rebecca Koop Nancy Shuert Bill Pryor Patrick Lamb Bob Travaglione Margaret Ragan Martha Peters Steve Wilson Lauren Sullivan Scott Bevan Roger Saunden Jane Ayer Alex Simon Laura Gross Kevin Geiger Michael Mikula CJ Cj Niehaus Craig Rhodes Anne Megibow Gloria Weissman Valerie Ervin Peter Ciccariello Martha Hurd Meredith Stephanie Mastri Eileen Eileen P Burke Mirchel-Larsen William Larsen Margie LaRue Raymond Herrick K. Kokko Rita Boucher Robert Meganck Jon Foster Rebecca Leveille Guay Marc Scheff Patric Lehmann Tom Boyer Jennifer Schoenewald Stephen Marmel Carolynn Angle Candice Archibald Kristin Langford Nicole g Jack Cooper Peter Shark Ralph Polley Beau Weaver J. Ryan Jennifer Proctor Linda Espinosa Amanda Owens

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  • Jessie
    02/22/2017
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    These representatives must not forget that they are public "servants" NOT public masters. They were hired to negotiate, collaborate and even compromise on behalf of all the members of their constituencies. We the people did not hire representatives to stand their ground on personally held beliefs and convictions. As we told Chaffetz-- they need to "Do their job." Since they are unclear on what that job is, we must keep reminding them. They are counting on us to grow weary!

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  • Shawna
    02/21/2017
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    My boss tells me I need to meet with you guess what. I get my ass to his office and meet with him. He's my boss I don't care if may or may not like what he says but I respect him because that's what I'm supposed to do. Congress men and women you work for the people. Your boss is the people. You don't want to meet that's fine but DO NOT be mad when you do not have a job come election time. It goes both ways.

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  • Jen
    02/21/2017
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    You work for the people of this country, not the other way around, the people have spoken loud and clear. This is where I stand. I feel that the 45th President, his Cabinet and administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should "work together" with him, because he won the election and he is "everyone's president." I am willing to do all of that if/when his policies seem reasonable. However: •I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years... •I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid. •I will not "work together" to build a wall. •I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims. •I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from other countries. •I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor. •I will not "work together" to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies. •I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection. •I will not "work together" to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands. •I will not "work together" to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them. •I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone. •I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive. •I will not "work together" to slash funding for education. •I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. •I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns. •I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage. •I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way. •I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts. •I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women. •I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons. •I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics. •I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention. •I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred. •I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it. •I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a "pre-existing condition." •I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression. •I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny. I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversight at any level of government. •I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators. •I will not support anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen. This is my line, and I am drawing it. •I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself. •I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN: That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is nothing... When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence. If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you want, sign your name below ours. Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list. Signed: Patricia Rollins Trosclair Andrea Dora Zysk George Georgakis John Christopher John Bowles Patrick St.Louis Carla Patrick Darnell Bender Vickie Davis JMichael Carter Janice Frazier-Scott Rev. ELaura James Reid Jeanette Bouknight Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey Gerald Butler Carolyn McDougle Vaughn Chatman Adrienne Brown Gary Trousdale Steven E Gordon Isis Nocturne Debi Murray Maureen O. Betita Mona Enderli Fernie James Tamblin Myrna Dodgion Alan Locklear Tom Wilmore Jackie Evans Donna Endres Lora Fountain Roberta Gregory Heather A Mayhew Stevo Wehr Nathan Stivers Jen RaLee Joan Holden Leigh Lutz Deborah Kirkpatrick Linda Levy Tom Rue Nancy Hoffmann-Allison Beejay McCabe Michael James Myers Edward T. Spire Rupert Chapman Dawn R. 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  • Cory
    02/22/2017
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    If you can't handle angry constituents then don't run for office. Once elected, you answer to those people you were elected to represent, even the ones that didn't vote for you. People are angry because they don't see their government functioning on their behalf and for the greater good of the American people. Listen to their angry complains and look for ways to help solve their problems. Don't run away in fear, or else you will pay for it at the ballot box.

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  • Justin
    02/21/2017
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    Fantastic! We have needed this level of engagement! I love seeing all this activity and holding our politicians accountable. To those trying to duck their town halls or avoid us constituents - they can't hide for too long! We will Persist!!!!

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  • Robin
    02/21/2017
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    Marco Rubio refuses to listen to his constituents. He thinks we are radicals, paid-protesters and thugs. I am not happy with his performance.

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  • Dan
    02/21/2017
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    Get use to it! I hear that I need to get use to the new norm regarding the behavior of the President. If someone with Congress doesn't have the courage to stop this nonsense the volatile Town Halls are going to continue....this movement isn't going away!

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  • Sarah
    02/22/2017
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    Mr. Hultgren, Town halls are vital. If you are afraid of your constituents, then maybe you should vote the way your constituents are demanding. Hiding only proves your agenda isn't the people's agenda. I've called your office asking for details about a town hall and have only received vague "we are planning one for someday" types of responses.

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  • Txtortlawyer
    02/21/2017
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    I have been very offended by the suggestion that my phone calls and letters and attendance at protests are the result of some paid mainstream establishment effort. I have serious and legitimate questions for you and I want to be able to look you in the eye so you know that I mean them. Many of us feel that some of the very basic values and priorities we have as a nation are under active attack by the new administration, and while you may not agree, the least you can do as our representative is to here and acknowledge your constituent feedback.

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  • Jeanne
    02/21/2017
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    Senators and house representatives are law makers and are elected to REPRESENT the needs of the public. They are not supposed to be just working on their own agenda but meeting the public needs. All republicans and a few democrats have forgotten who they work for, we the people. We the people are tired of not being heard and not being represented by our members of congress. Therefore they should expect to continue to be overwhelmed by phone calls, emails and exuberant town hall attendees. We don't want polluted water and air. We want endangered species to thrive. We want to keep public lands public. We want health care that doesn't bankrupt the family. And above all else, we want honesty and clean government. We have liars in the White House and inefficiency in congress that's asleep at the wheel. And now we have a cabinet consisting of the worst possible nominees in the history of our country. Impeach trump now. Get rid of all the cabinet and let us start anew.

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  • Susan
    02/21/2017
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    Our representatives are our employees. I don't get to duck out of meetings with my boss, and neither should our representatives. I'm lucky to have responsive representatives, but this should be standard for every last one of them.

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