- This week, Congressman Tim Bishop
held a public Tele-Town Hall on the federal budget and the economy that was joined by 7,488 residents of the First Congressional District. Congressman Bishop answered questions posed directly by constituents who called into the Town Hall on a wide range of issues including efforts to spur job growth on Long Island, the federal budget, energy costs, immigration, seniors and health care, college affordability, and the Affordable Care Act.
"Tele-Town Halls are the most efficient way to hear directly from my constituents and answer important questions on a wide range of issues," said Bishop. "It allows seniors without transportation and busy people who might be just getting home from work or can't find a babysitter to participate in our democracy and hear diverse viewpoints from other communities in our large district."
Participants in the call were drawn from public voter records for all of the seven towns in the First Congressional District. Bishop answered 17 questions during the 58 minute meeting.
"My number one concern is putting America back to work, and I heard from all corners of the district that Congress must do more to support the middle class and grow the economy. Since I fully agree, I expressed my opposition to the Republican
budget plan that would undermine the economic security of middle class families while preserving tax loopholes for Big Oil and corporations that outsource American jobs," said Bishop.
Bishop added, "New technologies allow us to bridge the geographical distance between communities and begin building a regional consensus on important issues, so I look forward to holding more Tele-Town Halls in the future."