Since the GOP-led Congress took power last month, leaders that have supported President Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet choices or have worked to eliminate affordable healthcare have had to face crowds of angry voters.
Now, with February’s congressional recess on the horizon, the resistance is gearing up to confront lawmakers on their home turf to let them know how the American public views Trump’s agenda.
While many elected officials are planning to hold town halls next week, reportedly more than 200 Republican legislators are skipping out. According to data compiled by Legistorm and reported by Vice News on Thursday, “[f]or the first two months of the new Congress, the 292 Republicans have scheduled just 88 in-person town hall events—and 35 of those sessions are for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin.”
In comparison, during the same period in 2015, “Republicans held 222 in-person town hall events.”
Undeterred by lawmakers in hiding, the leaders of the Indivisible Movement teamed up with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and on Thursday released a video giving practical advice on how best to confront your representative—even in the case of a no-show.
“Starting this weekend, your members of Congress will head home for a week long congressional recess to face constituents at town hall meetings,” Reich states in the video. “This is your chance to show Trump’s agenda faces a powerful resistance.”
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