Rep. Herrera Beutler hosts phone town hall

first_imgThere was no shouting, no booing and hardly any interrupting. It was more than 50 minutes into U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s cordial telephone town hall Thursday evening when a woman named Jessica thanked the Republican from Camas for her service, but told her she was disappointed she wasn’t holding a face-to-face meeting.Across the country, GOP members of Congress have faced loud and pointed criticism at town halls from liberal groups who have shown up in force to voice their anger about the president’s administration and policies.In response, some members of Congress have strategically planned their town halls to control the environment. Others have skipped them. A few, such as Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., have embraced them. Walden held a town hall in Bend, Ore., on Thursday evening, where more than 2,000 people showed up for what was described by Oregon Public Broadcasting as a both hostile and energetic meeting.“Democracy in action,” Walden reportedly said.Herrera Beutler has repeatedly defended her stance to hold telephone town hall meetings. She told Jessica, the caller, she’s held more than 65 in-person town halls since she took office in 2011. Indeed, she held one in January in Hazel Dell; the questions were more poignant and predominantly about health care compared with Thursday’s telephone town hall. In person, she was also repeatedly interrupted and shouted at.Herrera Beutler recently released a statement saying she will “continue to utilize every method there is that fosters productive, civil dialogue with residents from all political viewpoints.”last_img read more

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