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Take One For Some On Medicare Town Halls

May 17, 2011
Aides to both Rigell and Cravaack cited "scheduling issues" as the reason why the members conducted no town hall meetings over the Easter recess. Rigell did meet with constituents: among other events, he toured local businesses, held a district open house and took part in some radio and TV interviews. "He's been talking about the House budget plan," said Rigell spokeswoman Kim Moser--just not in a formal town hall setting. This week, both members are making up for lost time: Rigell will host a town hall on Tuesday, and Cravaack hosted meetings this week too. Runyan and Heck spent most of the April recess overseas on congressional delegation trips. In their brief time spent at home, neither scheduled a town hall meeting, and only Heck plans to host a town halls over the upcoming recess. He'll host a meeting Wednesday. Other Republicans from competitive districts, like Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), have been using town hall meetings to champion the Ryan budget and stress the severity of the deficit. Both Ribble and Stivers used power point presentations to explain the Ryan plan to constituents over the Easter recess, while Kinzinger hosted two town halls in senior centers. He explained that the Ryan plan won't affect those already over 55; his constituents mostly asked about high gas prices, a Kinzinger spokesperson said. Heck has already had a chance to address the Ryan budget through tele-town halls and meet-and-greet events, said Heck spokesman Darren Littell. "People ask him about it," Littell said, but "I'm not sure if he has a power point." Updated at 2:50 p.m.
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