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With GOP Reps in Hiding After Trumpcare Vote, Dems "Adopt" Those Districts

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Common Dreams reports []

In the wake of the U.S. House's frightening vote [] to pass the GOP healthcare bill, Republican representatives seem to be hiding from constituents. Only 17 Republican members of the House--out of the 217 who voted for the law--are planning to hold town halls in their home districts during the Congressional recess.

And so Democrats are tapping into voter outrage and highlighting their opponents' cowardice with an "adopt a district" plan to hold town halls in neighboring districts, where GOP representatives aren't planning to meet with their own constituents.

"Every Republican who voted for this thing ought to have to stand in front of their voters and explain it", Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York's 18th district told [] MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "And if it takes a Democrat to go in and do it for them for a while, I'll explain what's in this bill, and if he doesn't like it, he should stand up and explain it himself."

[...]"Adopt a district" events are likely to expand in coming weeks, with the Indivisible group releasing [] a guide to such events on [May 10].

Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), told [] the New Republic that about 20 members of the CPC are planning their own "adopt a district" events in neighboring Republican districts.

Pocan himself is planning to adopt [] House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) district.

If you had 20 people doing it in 20 districts across the country, that would be national news", Pocan said.

Follow along with the "adopt a district" town halls under the hashtag #AdoptADistrict [].

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