Andy Harris town hall meeting set March 31
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.
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.