Crapo sets Wednesday Tele-town Hall to hear from Idahoans on Syria, debt

Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo says he expects Syria to be high on the agenda, along with the budget and farm bill, as he takes phone calls Wednesday at 7 p.m. Mountain Time. The Sept. 18 call will be the third such event of the year for Crapo, who also has scheduled a Dec. 4 telephonic meet-up.

Crapo, along with GOP Sen. Jim Risch and GOP Rep. Mike Simpson, were criticized for not holding traditional town halls during the August recess, while GOP Rep. Raul Labrador held four. But Crapo spokesman Lindsay Nothern pointed out late last month that while Crapo didn’t bill four public meetings in Bonners Ferry, Coeur d’Alene and Boise as “town halls,” he took unscripted questions. “I get that the ‘town hall’ lingo has connotations and we will probably use that term more in the future,” Nothern said.

Announcing next week’s tele-town hall, Crapo noted that he spent August “engage(d) with Idahoans on many issues. Since those travels, a great deal has developed in the foreign policy arena, with regard to Syria. Moreover, on the domestic front, the October 1 deadline for Congress to take action on the soon expiring continuing resolution (CR) and the farm bill is rapidly approaching.  Meanwhile, October 1 is also the date many parts of Obamacare are set to take effect.  And, we cannot forget the request from the Treasury Department to raise the nation’s debt ceiling by mid-October.  I look forward to continuing the conversation with Idahoans and building on ideas I was given in places like Bonners Ferry, Lewiston, and Garden City, to name a few.”

Crapo’s Thursday news release, which includes details on participation, follows:

Crapo To Hold Statewide Tele-Townhall Meeting

Syria and the debt crisis are sure to be part of the September 18 discussion

Washington, D.C. – Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who just returned to Washington, D.C., after traveling the state visiting with constituents, will hold his third tele-townhall of 2013 this coming Wednesday, September 18, beginning at 7:00 PM Mountain Time / 6:00 PM Pacific Time. Crapo invites all Idahoans to join him to discuss the many issues facing the nation.  Crapo will take questions and offer insights on items Congress must deal with this fall—including potential American military intervention in Syria.

“During the month of August, I was able to engage with Idahoans on many issues,” said Crapo.  “Since those travels, a great deal has developed in the foreign policy arena, with regard to Syria. Moreover, on the domestic front, the October 1 deadline for Congress to take action on the soon expiring continuing resolution (CR) and the farm bill is rapidly approaching.  Meanwhile, October 1 is also the date many parts of Obamacare are set to take effect.  And, we cannot forget the request from the Treasury Department to raise the nation’s debt ceiling by mid-October.  I look forward to continuing the conversation with Idahoans and building on ideas I was given in places like Bonners Ferry, Lewiston, and Garden City, to name a few.”

To sign up, please visit Crapo’s official website, www.crapo.senate.gov, and click on the tele-townhall icon on the right side of the homepage under the Action Center. This link will direct users to the townhall section of the website, where a sign up box is located in the middle of the page. You may also click here to be taken directly to the tele-townhall page. The deadline to register to ensure participation is Monday, September 16 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.

All that is needed to participate is a telephone. Joining the call is voluntary, and listeners are given an opportunity to ask Crapo about topics regarding federal policies and legislation.

Those who have signed up in advance will receive an automated phone call just before the tele-townhall begins and will receive instructions on how to participate.

This is Crapo’s third of four scheduled tele-townhalls for 2013. The schedule for the remaining townhalls are listed below, all tentatively set for 7:00PM Mountain Time / 6:00PM Pacific Time:

  • December 4, 2013

Following the call, an audio file (MP3) of the full call will be posted under the tele-townhall section of Crapo’s official website. To listen to previous tele-townhall meetings, click here.

To directly link to this news release, please use the following address: http://www.crapo.senate.gov/media/newsreleases/release_full.cfm?id=345698

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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