Crapo to take constituents’ questions Wednesday in ‘Tele-Townhall’

Sen. Mike Crapo said he’s hoping for comments on the “lack of transparency and accountability” in the Obama administration during the second of his four 2013 telephone town hall meetings Wednesday at 7 p.m. MDT.

“Since the last townhall, the U.S. Senate has debated and passed a budget, dealt with the issue of increased gun control and is preparing to debate a farm bill and an immigration reform package,” Crapo said in a news release.  “In the last few weeks alone, we have learned about three distressing circumstances:  the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative-leaning organizations, the Department of Justice secretly obtaining personal information from Associated Press reporters, and new information surfacing about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  The lack of transparency and accountability from this administration is disturbing, and I welcome feedback from Idahoans on all of these issues.”

Idahoans are asked to sign up by 3 p.m. MDT Monday.

The news release, with details on signing up, follows:

 

Idahoans Invited To Join Crapo On Tele-Townhall

Senator wants to hear from Idahoans on the important issues facing Congress

 

Washington, D.C. – Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will host a statewide telephone townhall meeting this coming Wednesday, May 22nd, beginning at 7:00 PM Mountain Time / 6:00 PM Pacific Time, and invites all Idahoans to participate.  Crapo will take questions and offer his insights on the issues before the U.S. Senate during the hour-long call.  With many important issues facing the country, Crapo looks forward to hearing from the people of Idaho.

“Since the last townhall, the U.S. Senate has debated and passed a budget, dealt with the issue of increased gun control and is preparing to debate a farm bill and an immigration reform package,” Crapo said.  “In the last few weeks alone, we have learned about three distressing circumstances:  the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative-leaning organizations, the Department of Justice secretly obtaining personal information from Associated Press reporters, and new information surfacing about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  The lack of transparency and accountability from this administration is disturbing, and I welcome feedback from Idahoans on all of these issues.”

To sign up, please visit the Crapo’s official website, www.crapo.senate.gov, and click on the tele-townhall icon on the right side of the page under the Action Center.  This link will take you to the townhall section 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 ensure participation is Monday, May 20 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 second 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:

September 18, 2013

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=342782

 

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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