Bonamici announces six town hall meetings in October
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has announced she will hold six town hall meetings across Oregon's 1st Congressional District, starting this week.
The first will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Cornelius Public Library. Bonamici will then head to Sheridan, Scappoose, Portland and Gearhart. Her last stop will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Beaverton's Conestoga Recreation Center.
The congresswoman released her town hall dates Tuesday, Sept. 24, hours before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi moved to begin a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
Pelosi's decision followed reports that Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Trump reportedly asked Zelensky to cooperate with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on the investigation during a July phone call, which Trump says was primarily to congratulate Zelensky on being elected to office.
In July, Trump asked his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to place a hold on military aid appropriated by Congress for Ukraine. However, Trump has maintained he didn't threaten to withhold military aid during his phone call to the Ukrainian president.
Bonamici has been calling for an impeachment inquiry for months, even before the Ukraine dust-up. Many congressional Democrats were unhappy that Pelosi was previously unwilling to move on impeachment over several other Trump administration scandals.
"I commend Speaker Pelosi for moving forward with an impeachment inquiry," Bonamici said in a statement. "The President admitted to asking a foreign government to investigate a political adversary. He must be held accountable for this impeachable offense, along with his many other wrongdoings that have betrayed the trust of the American people and undermined our democracy.
"Asking a foreign country to meddle in an upcoming election is a serious national security concern. Families, individuals, and communities across the U.S. need to have faith in their elections and deserve a president who has their best interest in mind, not someone who has repeatedly taken advantage of the Executive Office for personal gain. I am committed to working with the Speaker and my colleagues to advance an impeachment inquiry that will protect the American people and our national security."
Bonamici first came out in support of an impeachment inquiry in May.
In announcing town hall meetings, Bonamici's deputy press secretary said the congresswoman plans to answers questions and update people on her work in Congress.
"Constituent input informs the work I do, including taking action on the climate crisis, addressing student loan debt, and making sure everyone can access affordable health care," Bonamici said. "I look forward to discussing these and many other issues at my fall town hall meetings, and I encourage all residents of Northwest Oregon to join the conversation."
Bonamici's staff will be at the town hall meetings to assist anyone experiencing problems with federal agencies such as the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Social Security Administration or Internal Revenue Service.
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