BOHEMIA, NY, Aug 9 – “Hold your Congressional representatives accountable this summer; call on them to hold Town Hall meetings during their annual break,” Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
“For example, ask them why we, the people, are forced by law to accept the onerous provisions of Obamacare while our Senators and Representatives – and their staffs – are getting an exemption.”
Weber noted that over the last few years the number of lawmakers who are willing to meet face to face with their constituents at district meetings has decreased dramatically.
“Maybe it’s because of the tongue-lashings they withstood during the summer recess of 2009 when voters took them to task regarding Obamacare. Some Senators and Representatives were called on the carpet for supporting the Affordable Care Act, others were criticized for not offering strong resistance. Imagine the clamor now that Obamacare is the law of the land and all its ugly and costly little secrets are slowly emerging as its full implementation gets closer and closer. The calls for repeal will be deafening.”
He conceded that there are some members of Congress who are planning on setting up district meetings in their hometowns this month, but noted that many of them are resorting to safer venues such as conference calls and internet get-togethers. Weber said, however, that these alternatives are restrictive, offering less of a chance for give-and-take.
Weber said that we need “real answers to real questions, particularly in view of the fact that President Obama and his Office of Personnel Management this week granted lawmakers an Obamacare exemption, effectively creating a special, elite class of individuals who are not subject to the law.”
The need for Town Hall meetings this summer is particularly important “in the wake of all of those so-called phony scandals, including – in addition to Obamacare – the political abuses of the IRS, the Benghazi cover-ups and the ongoing shenanigans at the Department of Justice.”
AMAC is not alone in calling on Senators and Representatives to take the initiative in setting up local forums where these and other issues can be discussed. There’s even a demandatownhall.com web site sponsored by FreedomWorks where voters can find out whether their elected representatives are or are not scheduling a district meeting in the coming weeks.
Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, said he launched his town hall campaign because: “Most members of Congress have stopped engaging constituents and defending their policy initiatives. That’s the real outrage here – the inside-the-beltway resistance to a participatory process where people have a choice.”
Weber said that AMAC applauds those lawmakers who will hold public meetings and encourages the association’s members to attend and “ask your representatives the tough questions.”
NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue. Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a call.
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