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December 6, 2021

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Reid plans town hall meeting over telephone

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Harry Reid

WASHINGTON -- A day after holding up a square of Astroturf to denounce the orchestrated attacks on Democratic town hall meetings on health care, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office said he would be talking with his Nevada constituents this month over the phone lines.

Reid’s office is scheduling a telephone town hall meeting for August, opting to avoid the shouting matches and microphone speeches that have erupted at events across the country. The senator expects to reach thousands of Nevadans, including those in the state’s rural expanse.

“It’s a forum that obviously lets us reach more people, but also provides a more respectful environment that allows all sides to be heard,” said Reid spokesman Jon Summers.

“It’s more the dialogue that town halls were meant to be, as opposed to the organized disruption we’re seeing in other town halls,” Summers said. “This is so Nevadans who want to be heard can voice their concern, support and their opinions.”

Details of the event will be announced in coming weeks. As is the typically process for tele-town halls, Nevadans will be dialed up on the day of the event and invited to participate.

Reid has already spoken to 30,000 Nevadans about health care through previous tele-town halls and conference calls held during July.

Many lawmakers are receiving requests for town hall forums on health care. Nevada’s Democratic Reps. Shelley Berkley and Dina Titus have also hosted tele-town halls on health care in their districts.

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