Hoyer Announces Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Monday, July 28

Telephone Town Hall to Focus on the Economy, Gas Prices & Housing

WASHINGTON (July 18, 2008) – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) announced this week that he will conduct a telephone town hall meeting on Monday, July 28, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. that will focus on what Congress is doing to stimulate the economy, provide relief from rising gas prices and address the problems in the housing market. The telephone town hall allows citizens to participate in a live discussion with Hoyer from the convenience of their homes.

“Maryland families are concerned about the skyrocketing price of gasoline, the problems in the housing market, and the loss of jobs in the current economic slowdown,” said Rep. Hoyer. “As Congress works to address these issues, I invite residents of Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District to join me for a telephone town hall for the opportunity to hear from me and to voice their own concerns and questions.”

The telephone town hall operates like a large-scale conference call between Hoyer and potentially thousands of citizens living in Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties and portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties). At the outset of the upcoming town hall, tens of thousands of households will receive a direct call from Hoyer inviting them to participate. Call recipients then have the option of staying on the line to hear opening remarks from Hoyer, followed by the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session.

To guarantee participation, citizens can call 1-877-229-8493 (toll free) and enter the pin number 12897 when prompted by the system.

Hoyer's office stated that previous town hall meetings, in May and September of 2007, drew as many as 3,800 participants.

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