60 Percent of Congress Not Holding Town Hall Meetings
No Labels Demands Congress Hear from all Americans, not just the Partisan Few
Washington, D.C. -- No Labels polled all current members of the House of Representatives to find that only 40 percent of them scheduled town hall meetings over the August recess.
“Washington must hear from all Americans, not a handpicked few who passes a partisan litmus test or can afford to donate,” said William Galston, a No Labels Co-Founder. “Our concern is that elected officials are only hearing from their respective partisan bases and will not expose themselves to criticism. Politics is about competing ideas, and everyone should have a seat at the table.”
The results of the phone survey also reveal that members of both parties share the blame, with 67.9% of Democrats and 50.8% of Republicans stating they had no town hall meetings scheduled for the recess period.
Dave Walker, a No Labels Co-Founder, noted, “This research sums it up. Both parties are resistant to open up to differing opinion and our politics reflect that. What the American people want is a new kind of politics that elicits common sense solutions, not rigid partisan positioning. Congress represents all of us, and it is time for members to engage in a dialogue with citizens of all political stripes.”
To see the detailed results of the survey, please click here.
No Labels is a national citizens' movement of Republicans, Democrats and Independents that urge bipartisan cooperation in the interest of common sense solutions.