Sen. Wyden to host 80th town hall this year: 'It’s important for folks to weigh in'


PORTLAND, Ore. – Senator Ron Wyden is receiving an award for holding more town hall meetings than any other senator this year. He's set to receive the accolade, presented by Town Hall Project, on Sunday at his 80th town hall of the year.

Sunday's meeting at Cleveland High School in Portland will be the 860th Town Hall that Wyden has hosted since being elected as a state senator.

The senator said he owes the milestone to Oregonians, who on a whole are active participants in the political discussion.

“This is the only way you can do your job well,” Wyden said. “The alternative is just to sit behind your desk and guess what’s on peoples’ minds.”

Sunday’s town hall is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 3) at Cleveland High School.

In a conversation with KATU’s Wesleigh Ogle, Sen. Wyden previewed some of the talking points he expects to cover in the town hall, including health care, the latest Republican tax plan and its possible impact on Oregonians, and the FCC’s impending vote on whether to keep net neutrality.

“It’s important for folks to weigh in on these key issues. Like net neutrality, we’re going to be continuing the fight on taxes,” said Wyden. “As ranking Democrat on the finance committee I’m going to be pushing back to try and get a fair shake for the middle class.”

You can see their whole discussion below:

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