My town hall
Recently I held an in-person town hall in Highland Park, NJ. Hundreds of New Jersey residents took the time to discuss the events going on in Washington, suggest what we can do to improve our communities, and ask me questions on issues ranging from health care to education.
The response to our town hall is just one example I have seen of individuals throughout our state who have chosen to step up and become active participants in our democracy as we face uncertain times. It is my responsibility to represent you in Washington. It is critical for me, and my colleagues, to hear directly from our constituents. We have seen a groundswell of activism that has helped make a real and immediate impact in Washington.
Most recently, when the Republican Majority proposed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, I was overwhelmed by the reaction here at home. Constituents shared their stories of how the ACA had impacted their lives, and called upon lawmakers not to repeal the bill - to keep insured the 20 million Americans who have gained covered since the ACA became law, and to ensure that pre-existing provision protections and the essential health benefits package were protected. New Jersey residents made their voices heard on the future of our healthcare system. This experience has shown yet again that American citizens can have an enormous influence on our government, and that influence does not end after Election Day.
My hope is that we can continue this conversation about issues you care about, and that you will continue to share with me you thoughts and opinions on what is going on in Washington. You can contact my offices, visit my website, Facebook and Twitter.
Please also keep an eye out for my Facebook Live Q & A that I hold most weeks on Thursday or Friday. It is my job to represent you and I want to make sure that your views are taken into account while I’m fighting on your behalf.
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.