August 10, 2017/Press Release

Will Missouri’s Republicans Once Again Refuse to Hold Public Town Halls?

COLUMBIA, Mo. – As members of Congress are back home for August recess, the Missouri Democratic Party is highlighting that Missouri’s Republican officeholders in DC are so far still refusing to hold open and public town hall meetings to face questions directly from their constituents.

Since the beginning of the year, Missouri’s Republican members of Congress – including Senator Roy Blunt and Representatives Ann Wagner (MO2), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO3), Vicky Hartzler (MO4), Sam Graves (MO6), Billy Long (MO7), and Jason Smith (MO8) – have all ducked Missourians by avoiding open and public town hall meetings.

At the same time, they have also used their offices in Washington to push for a number of policies that would hurt working families, including:

  • Voting for the GOP’s harmful and unpopular healthcare overhaul that would have spiked costs for older Missourians and gutted protections for individuals with pre-existing health conditions
  • Voting for a bill to dismantle consumer rules put in place after the 2008 financial meltdown to protect Americans trying to save for retirement
  • Missouri’s Republicans in the U.S. House have refused to speak out against President Donald Trump’s proposed budget which slashes resources for public schools, among other deep cuts that would hurt Missourians

“At this point, Missouri’s Republican members of Congress should just hold a town hall meeting for big corporate interests and millionaires because that’s the only group of people who benefit from their harmful agenda.”

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber