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Don’t Expect To See Texans From Congress During Two-Week Recess

Qiling Wang for KUT
Gentry McLean holds a cutout of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams at a town hall meeting held without him in Dripping Springs in February.

None of the Austin-area members of Congress have official in-person town halls scheduled in their districts during the two-week spring recess that began today.

Republican Congress members faced angry crowds at town halls across the country earlier this year when Democrats showed up in defense of the Affordable Care Act. They now face the prospect of angry members of their own party for failing to repeal the health care law.

Instead ofin-person appearances, some lawmakers are holding telephone town halls or extended office hours to open dialogue with constituents. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, has said he will host tele-town halls on April 18 and 19. On April 20, he will also be holding a call-in radio town hall meeting.

Here’s a list of the Austin-area Congress members and any scheduled events, to be updated as new information becomes available.

Sen. John Cornyn (R)

No town hall scheduled          

Sen. Ted Cruz (R)

No town hall scheduled

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin

No town hall scheduled          

Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan

No in-person town hall is currently scheduled, but Rep. Flores has telephone town hall's scheduled. 

  • Telephone town hall (Southern counties): April 18, 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
  • Telephone town hall (Northern counties): April 19, 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
  • Call-in radio town hall: April 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.    

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Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin

No town hall scheduled 

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin

No town hall scheduled

Rep. John R. Carter, R-Round Rock

No town hall scheduled

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio

No town hall scheduled

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