Members March Through Dozens of Town-Hall Meetings

Posted August 13, 2009 at 3:13pm

Even though the town-hall meetings on health care reform across the country have continued to be contentious, Members are keeping with their vows to hear constituents’ voices on health care, with dozens of meetings continuing through Thursday and in the coming weeks.

At a meeting held by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Thursday in Huntsville, many voters showed up to support the Senator’s opposition to the plan of President Barack Obama, while a smaller group supported the president.

According to the Huntsville Times, Eddgra Fallin expressed a belief in big government. “The police department, the fire department, EPA,— she said, “I love government … Repeat after me. Government is good.’—

The Times reported that Fallin even said she would gladly pay more taxes to get poor people better health coverage. Another citizen, Dennis Borden, disagreed, responding that Fallin could pay his taxes as well.

Several Members are spending Thursday cramming in as many as two or three town-hall meetings, including:

• Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is meeting with constituents at Northeastern State University in Muskogee, Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw, and First Baptist Church in Webbers Falls.

• Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) is also holding three: one at the Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Lancaster, one at the Milan Community Center, and one at Putnam County Middle School in Unionville.

• Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) is holding three: one at Tabor College in Hillsboro, one at the Emporium in Cottonwood Falls, and one at City Hall in Lindsborg.

• Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) is holding two: one at the Community Center in Oakfield and one at the Municipal Building in Watertown.

• Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) is holding two: one at the courthouse in Stanford and one at the Central Montana Community Center in Lewistown.

• Rep. Steven Rothman (D-N.J.) is holding two: one at the Municipal Complex in Secaucus and one at City Hall in Hackensack.

Other Members who are holding meetings include:

• Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) at the Pioneer Park Theatre in Fairbanks.

• Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) at the Belmont Complex in Kittanning.

• Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) at the Sigourney Public Library.

• Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) at Cameron University in Lawton.

• Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) at Francis Tuttle – Portland Campus in Oklahoma City.

• Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) at the Rome Civic Center.

• Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) at Oskaloosa Public Library.

• Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) at Lenoir Public Library.

• Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) at the Seaside Public Library.