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Virtual Town Hall changes the way politicians sell stimuli
Chip Somodevilla / Getty The summer of 2009 was not a good year for the Democrats. They had just passed the party’s most ambitious bill, the Affordable Care Act, and Democrats in Congress were ecstatic, but voters were indignant. The August district to open the city hall was greeted by lawmakers with heated anger and widespread opposition to a medical bill that the Republicans had already branded as toxic. As then-President Barack Obama called in 2010, dozens of Democrats who were found unemployed in August will lose their jobs in “shelfing.” But history hasn’t been repeated, as the Democratic Party has sold the most radical legislation since the ACA (a $ 1.9 trillion bill to counter the COVID crisis that has the effect of prolonging the pandemic). At the city hall hosted by members of Congress last week, the Democrats weren’t. Accepted. No personal intimidation was imposed. In fact, Democrats received few critical questions about stimulus. Instead, they were treated like glorious customer service personnel for the dramatic expansion of America’s social safety nets. The most common questions are: When can I get a stimulus check? Are you going to get vaccinated sooner? When will I get a child tax deduction? The lack of Vitriol in the Town Hall is partly due to some restrictions during the pandemic era. Virginia Democrat Tom Periello, who endured several brutal city halls after the 2009 stimulus bill and the ACA passed, pointed out particularly different locations. During the COVID period, members mainly held phone calls and virtual town halls to reduce the chances of intense face-to-face meetings, but there is another important point. “It also helps to have an incredibly popular bill,” Periello said. “People can feel and see the impact.” In fact, polls show that the bill is widely popular with the general public. A March 17 poll by POLITICO / Morning Consult found that 72% of voters approved it. And unlike ACA, which took years to start profits, millions of Americans had direct checks over $ 1,400 in less than a week after President Joe Biden signed the bill. Landed in a bank account. Only one lawmaker in six city halls watched The Daily Beast was asked a confrontational question about the bill — and it was a Republican challenged by not supporting it. .. “No Republican supported the pandemic bailout,” said a member of Congressman Jamie Herrera Boatler (R-WA) during the Telephone Town Hall. “It’s very frustrating to hear.” Republicans, who openly acknowledged the difficulty of messaging for packages, tried to completely change the subject. Senator Kevin Kramer (R-ND) told The Daily Beast Wednesday that voters were more concerned about the “border crisis” and that immigration issues would divert attention from the nearly $ 2 trillion bill. The law was clear between these city halls, but none was enforced, especially in partisan districts. To make matters worse, Republican lawmakers have found that they are helping their members navigate a program of bills that they do not support. At an event on Thursday, Herrera Butler, who voted against the package and said that not working with the Republicans was a “failure” on the part of Biden, faced eviction and retired from the Vietnam War, which urgently needed $ 1,400. I received a call from a soldier. A stimulus check he hadn’t received yet. “Who is responsible for this?” His Republican lawmaker had little choice but to give the answer she gave. “Let’s see if we can do anything about it,” Herrera Butler told him. “See if we can help solve some of these challenges.” At Teletown Hall on Wednesday, Republican Rep. Mike Garcia relied on a Republican brand that couldn’t break through. It was. The plan is a liberal wishlist disguised as a Republican bailout plan. “It’s a lot to add to your debt,” said Garcia, who represents the Southern California area where Biden had 10 points. “Currently, $ three-quarters of the previous COVID package that has already been approved remains.” However, Garcia then sought to recognize the most popular planks in the bill. He claimed he was one of the few Republicans to support a total of $ 2,000, and claimed that the initial payment of $ 600 was a “slap.” His members were left to themselves to assess the consequences of the fact that Garcia did not actually vote for the vehicle that sent these checks. For Democrats, these city halls were a winning lap aimed at solidifying support for the bill, but Cindy Axne was declared by Haley Stevens at an event on Monday. (D-IA), one of a total of seven Democrats in the Trump district, “If I implemented the entire bill, we would be here all night.” Democrats said three of the COVID bills. It tended to open by emphasizing the billions of core elements. Of dollars for vaccine distribution, stimulation checks, and expansion of child tax credits. Popular topics were also funding for school reopening, state and local governments, and proposals to exempt up to $ 10,000 in unemployment benefits received in 2020. Almost all component questions focused on when and how allowances could be accessed under the law. Or the benefits that have been implemented since the pandemic began last year. I already had questions about the fate of the program I just passed. A member asked Stevens about a new children’s allowance that expires in a year. “Are you going to continue that?” Asked this person. “Or will it be a one-off shot?” Stevens confirmed her support for making profits lasting from the need to “help children.” Parliamentary offices insist that they do not rule out conflicting callers at Teletown Hall. And we strive to achieve not only a balance of problems, but also a combination of positive and critical comments. Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA) was, in part, pressured on what he was doing to counter plans to reduce services at the United States Postal Service. Another man asked him about two nearby Republicans, “Devin Nunes and Paul McCartney.” It seems to be a reference to Bakersfield’s House Republican leader, not one of the Beatles’ key members. Are you doing to get rid of these dislikes? The member asked. I carefully wiped out the questions. Progressive Katie Porter (D-CA), who has historically represented the Republican district of Orange County, California, nodded to criticism of the bill in her opening remarks at City Hall on Wednesday. Porter admitted that there was “a lot of talk” about the price tag on the bill, saying, “I had a big problem in this country, so it’s a big dollar number.” “The goal of the American rescue program is to provide it. Rest assured,” she said. “The bill isn’t perfect, but it contains a lot of things that are already improving people’s lives.” Herrera Beutler’s composition, despite some criticism of her vote on the COVID bill. Members generally praised her work. A man referred to her vote to impeach Trump and her subsequent willingness to testify to the former president’s apparent indifference to the violence that took place on January 6. There was no backbone, “said a man named Doug. “It made me think of you in a completely different way.” The Republican push to refocus public attention on immigrants by shining a spotlight on the proliferation of immigrants at the southern border, It didn’t look like it broke through during a Democratic event. On behalf of Central California, I was asked if the vaccine would go to undocumented immigrants. Still, Republicans like Kramer are convinced that the public is not only focusing on other issues, but gradually believing that the bill has gone the wrong way. “Often on invoices that are so large, complex, and contain a lot of things, people always like the goods in advance, but when the goods run out, they start paying and what happens. I start wondering if I’m doing it, “said Kramer. “We didn’t see this as a short-term marketing war, but rather as a long-term game of education and consciousness.” But Democrats feel quite different. Periello, who later attributed the 2010 defeat to support for the ACA, said the Democratic Party has learned and is doing better than 2009 and 2010 in communicating economic bills. He said the main mistake of the time was the president’s reluctance. Obama and his aides accept expensive but popular ideas. “One of the moments I already knew we were losing the healthcare battle was when people said,’Why do we focus on this first, not the economy?’ .. “Well, didn’t you see what we did? Periello said that people really only know about Obamacare on the price tag.” This time, people are listening to the price tag, ” I will receive these checks. ” Read more on The Daily Beast. Put your top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. learn more.