Idaho’s Labrador to talk budget, immigration in Wednesday online news conference

Idaho’s sophomore Republican Rep. Raul Labrador continues the “Conversations with Conservatives” series Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. MST. Viewers can watch the hour-long live-streamed event, which will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Labrador and other lawmakers popular with the GOP’s tea party wing are expected to discuss sequestration, the continuing budget resolution, immigration and other topics. The event is hosted by the Heritage Foundation. Labrador helped found “Conversations with Conservatives” during his first term.

A media advisory from Labrador’s office follows:

Do not miss this special opportunity to get the inside scoop from the House’s champions of conservatism!

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM ET
Location: Rayburn 2203
Who: National and District Media, Bloggers

Conversations with Conservatives is a group of free market and liberty-minded members of Congress that meets monthly with traditional press and bloggers to discuss the most important issues of the day. Chaired by Representatives Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), Raúl Labrador (ID-01), and Jim Jordan (OH-04) each meeting features different conservative members of Congress to share their ideas and field questions from the media. While questions are not limited to the following topics, members are expected to talk about sequester, the CR, immigration, and more!

Participating members in the February 2013 Conversations with Conservatives include: Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID-01), Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03), Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06), Rep. Steve King (IA-04), Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11).  Additional participants may be announced.

Those who wish to view the event remotely may do so via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/conversations-with-conservatives. Viewers may also participate in the conversation on Twitter (tweet to @conversations and #cwc113).

The event will be hosted by Rob Bluey of The Heritage Foundation. Lunch will be provided for members of the media.

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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