Constituents host mock town hall in Dripping Springs with messages to Congress

A group of Central Texans is organizing town halls this week, even if their congressmen don't attend. Members of the group, Indivisible, scheduled the meetings when they noticed some lawmakers hadn't set any up themselves during this week's recess.

More than 200 constituents in Representative Roger Williams' district met at Flores Restaurant in Dripping Springs Sunday. They invited Representative Williams, (R-Texas), but he did not attend.

The town hall was filmed by organizers, so the footage could be sent to members of Congress, and a spokesperson for the Representative Williams tells CBS Austin Williams will review the footage and hear what his constituents had to say.

One of the voices he’ll hear on that video is that of Dan Laugharn, who wants Congressman Williams to know how the Affordable Care Act has helped his family.

"I'm here mostly for my daughter. She was born with a preexisting condition and has benefitted under the affordable care act, and we're just curious, if he's going to repeal that, what his plan would be to protect those with preexisting conditions,” said Laugharn.

When CBS Austin asked Representative Williams’ office whether he’d be attending Sunday’s Town Hall, Communications Director Vince Zito sent this statement:

"Congressman Williams believes in listening to his district and in doing so spends as much time as possible meeting with constituents and groups throughout his district. Congressman Williams will always humbly listen to the thoughts and concerns of all of his constituents- he always has and always will. And although he appreciates the invitation, he declines to attend the club meeting of the Dripping Springs Democratic Action and its associated groups. I think if you closely examine the statements and missions of these groups, it's clear that civil, substantive discourse on issues is not their true agenda. Congressman Williams looks forward to continuing to fight for the issues that his constituents sent him to Washington to fight for, including: real tax reform, strengthening our military and rolling back the job killing Obama trademarks such as Obamacare and Dodd-Frank legislation."

Other local “mock” town halls scheduled for this week are the following:

TX17 Bill Flores Town Hall

February 22, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Blackhawk Amenity Center, 3111 Speidel Dr, Pflugerville, TX 78660

TX31 John Carter Town Hall

February 22, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

3830 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613

TX10 Michael McCaul Town Hall

February 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

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