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Which members of Congress are playing hide-and-seek at recess?

On break, some GOP members of Congress are hiding from constituents


(April 10, 2017) — Congress is on recess for two weeks without taking any action on health care, which The Hill reports is “putting Republicans in a difficult position as they head home to face tough questions.” There should be plenty more of tough questions on everything from aggressive immigration policies, to the federal hiring freeze, to the failure to conduct an independent investigation of Russian interference — perhaps in coordination with the Trump campaign officials — in the U.S. elections.

So, which of Washington state’s Republican members of Congress will actually face those tough questions from their constituents?

Here’s what we know, as of this writing, about their plans for public forums:

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has declined an invitation to attend a constituent-led town hall in Spokane, so organizers will have it without her from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. Details here.

Dave Reichert has declined an invitation to attend a Town Hall meeting in Covington, so organizers will have an Dave Reichert Empty Chair town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 at Cedar Heights Middle School, 19640 SE 272nd St. Details here.

Jaime Herrera Beutler, the only Republican from Washington who publicly announced her opposition to Trumpcare, has no public appearances scheduled, but she is hosting a telephone town hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13. To participate call 1-877-229-8493 and enter 116365.

Dan Newhouse has scheduled a “listening session” in Moses Lake from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the Moses Lake Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam St., and plans to schedule two more in Yakima County (April 13) and Okanogan County (April 20). Attendance is restricted to 4th CD constituents and IDs will be required for admittance. Pre-registration is recommended, although it does not guarantee admission.

Democrats from Washington have multiple events scheduled to meet with their constituents during the break. For example, Suzan DelBene plans three town hall events, the first is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in the Glacier Peak High School gym, 7401 144th Place SE in Snohomish. Visit their websites for more information.

The Stand will update this story if we learn of additional events being scheduled.

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