Two Bay Area lawmakers will be among more than a dozen House Democrats taking part in a “Twitter Town Hall” tomorrow morning, fielding questions from Twitter users about the federal budget and Republicans’ spending bill.
The event, from 9 to 10 a.m. PST Thursday, March 10, can be followed at www.dems.gov/TwitterTownHall; questions for the lawmakers can be submitted by tagging your Tweet with #AskDems or emailing them to AskDems@mail.house.gov.
“Members of Congress need to go where We the People are, and that increasingly means social media platforms like Twitter,” Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said in a news release. “The Internet is tearing down the gates that used to divide representatives from the public. Community-wide open conversations are now possible online. Public research helped create the Internet; it’s about time public servants utilized it to its fullest potential. With my fellow House Democrats, it’s an honor to join the conversation.”
Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, is both a House Budget Committee member and co-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus New Media Working Group, which is hosting this event.
“Using new technologies, Democrats continue to push the envelope in connecting with the American public,” Honda said in his release. “In organizing this national town hall, House Democrats are reaching out to an America that is enraged with the Republican attack on working families, seniors, women, children, students and our economy. The tweeting voices are drawing a line in the sand, saying enough is enough – all in 140 characters or less.”
The purpose of Honda’s working group is to create and share new media best practices with House Democrats to promote broader, more effective contact with constituents. The group in the past year has met with industry leaders such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google, seeking partnerships to develop such tools.