Andy Har­ris town hall meet­ing set March 31

Record Observer - - News - By JOSH BOLLINGER jbollinger@star­dem.com

WYE MILLS — U.S. Rep. Andy Har­ris, R-Md.-1st, will hold a town hall meet­ing from 6 to 7 p.m. Fri­day, March 31, at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Wye Mills.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease is­sued by Har­ris’ of­fice, the town hall’s pur­pose is “to an­swer ques­tions about top­ics be­ing con­sid­ered by Congress and to lis­ten to the con­cerns of First District res­i­dents. All con­stituents are in­vited to at­tend and ask ques­tions.”

The an­nounce­ment comes after groups crit­i­cized Repub­li­cans con­gress­men across the coun­try for sup­port­ing a re­peal of the Af­ford­able Care Act, the wide­spread and con­tro­ver­sial health care re­form bill signed into law by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in 2010.

Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans have worked to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act since it was en­acted and have gained sub­stan­tial ground in that ef­fort since the 2014 elec­tion, when con­trol of both houses of Congress swung to Repub­li­cans.

For the past few months, Repub­li­cans in town halls and at their of­fices across the coun­try have been con­fronted by pro­test­ers ar­gu­ing their points to keep the Af­ford­able Care Act. Har­ris has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of those protests, too.

Lo­cally, the con­cerns re­volve around changes in fund­ing to Planned Par­ent- hood and the out­right re­peal of the Af­ford­able Care Act. Har­ris, who sup­ports re­peal­ing the health care law, has said for more than a month he will hold a town hall when a Repub­li­can al­ter­na­tive to the Af­ford­able Care Act is submitted. A Repub­li­can al­ter­na­tive has now been re­leased.

Be­fore an al­ter­na­tive was re­leased, Har­ris held a se­ries of town halls over the tele­phone. He was crit­i­cized for not hold­ing them in per­son.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Centreville Amer­i­can Le­gion Post Com­man­der Vince Hig­gins, left, presents a check to the Centreville United Methodist Church Food Pantry for $585. Re­ceiv­ing the check, from left, are pantry work­ers Bob and Linda Scheina, Emily Parry, Joan Dawkins and Emily Ni­chol­son. The funds were raised through a spe­cial veni­son din­ner held at the Le­gion. Le­gion mem­bers who con­trib­uted to help­ing raise funds were Mike Dill, Dave Parks Jr. and Paul Roberts. The CUMC Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Wed­nes­day of each month, with per­sonal de­liv­er­ies to Til­gh­man Ter­race by work­ers Irv and Vicki Kohne. Not avail­able for the pho­to­graph: pantry vol­un­teers Lynda Pal­matary, Joan Pin­der and Carolyn Hai­ley.

ANDY HAR­RIS

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