Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Gerry Connolly To Host Telephone Townhall Tonight

As I've mentioned before, Rep. Gerry Connolly will be holding a telephone town hall this evening to discuss health care reform. This is after he held a media availability on the topic earlier this week and President Barack Obama held a town hall at a campus of the Northern Virginia Community College in Connolly's district.

I've taken part in several of these town hall calls with Gerry before and I believe they are a great way for residents of the 11th District to take part in a conversation with their member of Congress. I've heard Gerry speak on several occasions about how he enjoyed his time in local government because he was able to directly interact with his constituents. Now that he's a member of Congress, I've seen him continue to do the hard work necessary to make sure he is representing his district.

With all that being said, sometimes people simply don't have time to attend an event or write a letter to Gerry's office. These telephone town hall meetings are therefore an opportunity for Gerry to reach out to people when they might actually have a few moments to interact with their members of Congress. I think it's great that Connolly's team is taking the initiative here and I've heard nothing but positive reaction to the previous calls. With all that being said, here's the announcement that was sent out including some details on how to log onto the call if you don't want to wait for your home to be called.
Congressman Gerry Connolly will hold a telephone town meeting on health care reform on Wednesday, July 1, at 7:30 pm.

Connolly’s telephone town meeting with residents of Virginia’s 11th Congressional District will take place only hours after the congressman joins President Obama at a Health Care Reform town meeting in Annandale at Northern Virginia Community College.

Beginning at 7:20 pm, tens of thousands of residents in Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Fairfax City will receive calls from Connolly inviting them to participate in the hour-long telephone town meeting. Participants can choose to just listen or they can punch a number on their keypad to indicate that they want to ask a question of Congressman Connolly.

“Since Congress and the administration will be focusing on Health Care reform and the need to rein in the costs of health care for all Americans, I think it is important that my constituents have the opportunity to voice their views directly to me,” Connolly said. “This telephone town meeting format enables thousands of my constituents to participate and make their opinions known.”

Connolly said he supports meaningful health care reform that supporting meaningful health care reform that: reduces costs for families, businesses and government; allows individuals and families to choose their doctors, hospitals and health plans; and assures affordable, quality health care for all Americans.

On Wednesday evening, tens of thousands of 11th CD residents will receive calls inviting them to participate in the innovative telephone meeting. Other 11th CD residents who wish to participate, but haven’t received a call can join in on the health care discussion by calling 877-229-8493 and punching in the PIN Code: 14594.

Wednesday evening’s Telephone Town Meeting on Health Care Reform marks the third time this year that Congressman Connolly has hosted such calls on issues for 11th CD residents. Thousands of people participated in the first two calls earlier this year.

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