GOP lawmaker: No town halls because of threats against lawmakers

GOP lawmaker: No town halls because of threats against lawmakers
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Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerHouse panel rejects war authorization sunset it passed last year House panel approves 4.6B Pentagon spending bill Overnight Defense: Senators offer bill to curb Trump's tariff power | Bill could get vote in defense bill debate | House panel unveils 4.6B Pentagon spending bill | Mattis says tariffs won't hurt NATO ties MORE (R-Texas) says she won’t hold any town hall events this summer because she believes they are too dangerous.

Granger told WFAA that the number of threats against lawmakers made her rethink how lawmakers interact with constituents, adding that she does not believe the town halls are effective. 

“I wish we could have a town hall meeting and engage with others,” Granger said. “There are so many threats going on.”

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By the end of June, Capitol Police had investigated nearly 1,000 threats against members of Congress in 2017, already higher than the number of threats investigated in all of 2016.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Capitol staffers were shot while practicing for a charity baseball game last month. Scalise was in critical condition following the shooting and had a surgery last week for a "deep tissue infection." 

Other members of Congress have refused to hold town halls recently, including Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump backs down in rare reversal Trump, GOP launch full-court press on compromise immigration measure Meadows gets heated with Ryan on House floor MORE (R-Wis.), who cited security concerns and an inability to have a “civil discussion” stemming from the growing number of protests at town halls.