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Group protests Sen Todd Young refusal to hold town hall meeting in NWI

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., visited Lake County on Thursday--meeting with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland--but he didn’t hold a town-hall meeting with constituents.

Which irked some of them.

So a group held a “virtual” town-hall meeting without Young on Thursday, at a venue in Griffith.

“Members of Congress are on a recess break for the week, which in the past is considered time for the member to come home, hear from constituents, and share about the work Congress is doing in Washington on behalf of the people,” according to a statement released by the event’s organizers.

“Northwest Indiana residents have asked repeatedly for a town-hall meeting with Sen. Young and have been told by his office that he has none scheduled,” the statement said. “The organizers believe members of Congress should use this ‘recess’ time to hear concerns and answer questions from constituents in a public forum. They believe civic engagement is a vital piece to moving society forward and are disappointed that Senator Young will not be joining them for an event.”

“Since Todd Young has no offices within two hours of our region and is not holding any town halls in Northwest Indiana during the Congressional recess this week, we will call his phone lines to demand protection for insurance for Hoosiers under the Affordable Care Act, along with continued federal funding for Planned Parenthood,” said one of the event’s organizers, Sue Eleuterio. “We will also ask empty suit Senator Young why he has no offices in the second largest county (by population) in Indiana.”


Posted 2/24/2017




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