Members of Congress Stay Available to Constituents

Last weekend, America was shocked by the tragic and senseless shooting in Tuscon, Arizona.  The incident prompted many to question whether Members of Congress would hold fewer meetings with their constituents as a result. According to analysis by Mike Lillis of The Hill, a Capitol Hill news outlet, that is not the case.

Public gatherings are excellent opportunities for Members of Congress to hear what their constituents actually think about important policy issues. Such meetings also provide constituents the opportunity to hold their members accountable to conservative principles. It’s good to hear that members will continue holding meetings, preserving openness and accountability.

Mike Lillis blogs on The Hill, “Defiant members continue district meet-and-greets after shooting“:

Saturday’s tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at a meet-and-greet with constituents has done little to discourage other members from staging similar events.

Instead, a number of lawmakers in both chambers are pushing ahead defiantly with public gatherings designed to demonstrate that the attempted assassination of a colleague will be no deterrent from public interaction with voters.

We’re encouraged by these lawmakers–the rest of Congress should follow their example.

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