Welcome to Heritage Action’s recess accountability project.

Get started now: download the Guide to Town Halls

Here’s how you can bring encouragement to Rep. Elmers for her vote to reform Medicare:

1) Get educated on the debt ceiling, the Ryan budget, and the false attacks from the left. In our Guide to Town Halls is a Myth versus Fact document from The Heritage Foundation to help you understand what the Ryan Budget does and does not do.

2) Find town hall meetings where your Representative will hear from constituents. Often, you will have to dig a little to find out when and where they are happening. Here are some suggestions:

· Call your the district office and ask them when and where the town halls will occur. If they tell you, let Heritage Action know, and we can help circulate such information to others in your district or area. If they say that no town halls are scheduled, ask them what is the best way for you to meet your Congressman in person and then go ahead and make yourself available. If they don’t reveal any such opportunity, a letter-to-the-editor of your local newspaper might be an appropriate way of registering concern that your Congressman is not meeting with constituents.

· Go to your Representative’s website and sign up for their emails. Often, that is how Members of Congress get such information out to their constituents. Also, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

· Check your local news frequently for information.

3) Go to the meeting and participate. Only if conservatives are there, asking the right questions and documenting answers, will we succeed in real conservative accountability.

· Rep. Elmers did the right thing, so be supportive. Thanking your Representative for supporting the Ryan budget by telling them that their vote makes you feel like your concerns have been heard and that our country is finally moving in the right direction.

Information about Rep. Elmers’ Town Hall Meetings:

We’ll post scheduled meetings here as soon as we find out where and when they are.

Contact Jessica Anderson, our North Carolina State Director:

To get more information about our North Carolina efforts or send a report of your town hall activities, email Jessica Anderson:

The rest of the story and political context for this fight:

On April 15, 2011, the House of Representatives passed a budget, written by Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), that would reduce spending over the next ten years. It’s not perfect, but it would change the fiscal trajectory of our country. It cuts more than $4 trillion in spending and contains commonsense reforms to Medicare and Medicaid, which would preserve the programs for future generations without bankrupting taxpayers while decreasing our dependence on government.

The left has made killing commonsense reforms to Medicare their central goal. Rather than enact real reforms that ensure America remains an exceptional country for our children and grandchildren, the left prefers to continue the unsustainable status quo. They are urging their supporters to attend the town hall meetings listed below. Their goal is to stop much needed reform in its tracks. If we don’t do our homework and show up at these town halls to make the conservative case for real reform, momentum will be lost. We cannot let that happen.