Democratic Leaders Prep Members for Recess

Posted March 20, 2009 at 5:18pm

The spring recess is more than two weeks away, but House Democratic leaders are already giving their rank-and-file marching orders for their time back home.

The leaders want House Democrats to tout the economic stimulus bill while laying the groundwork for fights ahead on climate change and health care legislation.

“Every moment we can spend in Washington and at home talking about the jobs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or the ways we can cut health care costs or increase our energy independence will put us that much closer to achieving these goals,— House Democratic leaders wrote their colleagues in a Friday letter.

They are asking lawmakers to hold at least one event on each of the three topics during the two-week recess, which starts April 4. Leaders promised materials — including talking points, sample press releases, opinion articles and a “town hall toolkit— — are on the way to help them make their case.