UPDATE: A link was released to register for the town hall event, which will be moderated by KXLY’s Kristi Gorenson, on Tuesday morning. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-with-cathy-town-hall-meeting-tickets. You will need to show proof of residency within the district at the door (e.g. driver’s license,
Original story follows.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will hold her first Spokane town hall since the 2016 election at Gonzaga University this week.
The congresswoman announced on Facebook over the weekend an event at Gonzaga University’s Cataldo Hall at 5 p.m. Thursday. Attendees will need a free ticket to get in the door. A spokesman for McMorris Rodgers said a link to receive a ticket will go live Tuesday at 10 a.m., and attendees will have to provide contact information, including their address.
Only people living within the 5th Congressional District will be given tickets and granted admission to the town hall, said McMorris Rodgers spokesman Jared Powell. The town hall will be broadcast live on KSPS-TV’s World Channel, channel 7.2 via antenna and Comcast channel 313, and streamed live online.
A link to register for tickets will be posted on Twitter, Facebook and sent out via email.
“We may not always agree on how we get there, but we all have the same goal, to make Eastern Washington a better place for everyone to live,” the Facebook post announcing the town hall said. “Space is limited and this will be a free but ticketed event.”
The event will be held in the Globe Room at the university. Staff expects room for about 300 people at the event. McMorris Rodgers has held past town halls at the Lincoln Center, which was purchased earlier this year by True Hope Church.
The fourth-ranking House Republican has responded to criticism of a lack of access, which included complaints about several “constituent town halls” earlier this year, by stating her intention to continue holding public listening sessions in the district. Those events typically have been held in August, and in past years have included pointed questions about McMorris Rodgers’ positions on health care and congressional gridlock.
McMorris Rodgers’ colleague across the state line, Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, held a district town hall in May that focused on health care and President Donald Trump.
The congresswoman voted in favor of the GOP-led American Health Care Act, which she said would give patients more control over their own health care, and adopted the language of Trump in describing the existing law, Obamacare, as “a disaster” in an op-ed explaining her vote.