March for Our Lives to leave empty seats for lawmakers at town halls
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Organizers affiliated with the "March For Our Lives" movement against gun violence will leave empty seats for lawmakers of both parties who don't attend town hall events in their districts on Saturday.

A list of scheduled events on, which partnered with the "March For Our Lives" for Saturday's "Town Halls for Our Lives" series of events, denotes which invited lawmakers will actually attend today's events and which lawmakers will not.


More than 100 events are scheduled in 34 states on Saturday. More than 70 will be held in GOP districts, while about 30 will be held in Democratic districts, ABC News reports.

Many lawmakers from both parties will attend Saturday's events around the country, including Reps. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors House panel signals Russia probe document dump before midterms Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE (D-Calif.), Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems The realities of workplace violence for emergency nurses Shrapnel in Yemen strikes links US-made bombs to 63 civilian deaths: report MORE (D-Calif.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies The federal government must stop stifling medical marijuana research Hillicon Valley: Twitter chief faces GOP anger over bias | DOJ convenes meeting on bias claims | Rubio clashes with Alex Jones | DHS chief urges lawmakers to pass cyber bill | Sanders bill takes aim at Amazon MORE (R-Fla.), Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel Strength in Unity: A lesson on civility and cooperation from Ireland MORE (R-Wis.) and many others. Still more agreed to "office hours" with activists to hear concerns from constituents with staff members in a less public setting.

Several senators are also holding town halls on Saturday, though no Republicans were on the organization's list.

Massachusetts Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyThis week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos Overnight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk he may be leaving | Polish president floats 'Fort Trump' | Dem bill would ban low-yield nukes Dems introduce bill to ban low-yield nukes MORE (D), Virginia Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSherrod Brown says he's 'not actively considering' running for president The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — GOP again has momentum on Kavanaugh rollercoaster Poll: Kaine leads GOP challenger by 19 points in Va. Senate race MORE (D) and Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 4 points in Florida Judd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come MORE (I) were all scheduled to hold events Saturday.

A number of lawmakers from both parties, however, will be represented instead by empty chairs at the events, meant to symbolize the lawmakers' absence from the conversation.

Among the lawmakers targeted for the "empty chair town halls" include House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee Kamala Harris calls for Senate to protect Mueller probe as Rosenstein faces potential dismissal MORE (R-Wis.), Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her Ex-GOP donor urges support for Dems in midterms: 'Democracy is at stake' Joe Kennedy: Trump's math counts black and brown lives less than white lives MORE III (D-Mass.), Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDisclosures suggest rebates and insurers responsible for rising out-of-pocket drug costs Midterm polling data favors Democrats — in moderation Nelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity MORE (D-Mo.), and Rep. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithOvernight Energy: Watchdog to investigate EPA over Hurricane Harvey | Panel asks GAO to expand probe into sexual harassment in science | States sue over methane rules rollback Report on new threats targeting our elections should serve as a wake-up call to public, policymakers Overnight Energy: Watchdog faults EPA over Pruitt security costs | Court walks back order on enforcing chemical plant rule | IG office to probe truck pollution study MORE (R-Texas).

In a statement to The Hill, a representative for McCaskill's office confirmed that while lists McCaskill as an "empty chair," the senator will send a staff member to answer questions at an event in St. Louis on Saturday.

About 121 lawmakers are scheduled to miss the town hall events in their district, the website reports.

Students from Parkland, Fla., have rallied around the cause of stopping gun violence through increased gun control after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February killed 17 people. Students organized the "March for Our Lives" rally held in Washington, D.C., in March. Numerous corresponding events were held simultaneously in other cities and countries.

-Updated 12:42 p.m.