Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) on Saturday offered to hold town halls and explain the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare to the constituents of GOP lawmakers who are avoiding public events during the House recess.
“I think every Republican who voted for this thing ought to have to stand in front of their voters and explain it,” Maloney told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “And if it takes a Democrat to go in and do it for them for a while, I’ll explain what’s in this bill.”
Maloney on Thursday asked Rep. John Faso (R-NY) to pick up the phone and address comments from his constituents about the repeal bill.
Hey @RepJohnFaso could you turn your phones on? Your #NY19 constituents are calling my office. #Trumpcare
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) May 4, 2017
“And if he doesn’t like it, he should stand up and explain it himself,” Maloney said on Saturday.
He said Democrats should “get on offense.”
“Maybe a Democrat ought to go into every district where a Republican who supported Trumpcare won’t hold a town hall meeting and do it for them,” he said. “Sit in that chair and say I’ll stand here and answer your questions until your own congressman starts doing his job.”
“Did his constituents really start calling your office trying to reach him?” Maddow asked.
“Yes, yes,” Maloney said. “And after a few dozen phone calls, we started to wonder what was up.”