GOP Lawmakers Face Backlash at Town Halls During 2-Week Recess
Congress is continuing its two-week recess, but many Republican lawmakers are not getting warm receptions when they return home.
Frustrated constituents across the country have used town hall meetings to express their anger at a variety of issues, with health care reform near the top of the list.
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An angry crowd in South Carolina chanted "you lie" to Rep. Joe Wilson at a town hall Monday, using the congressman's own infamous line against him.
The Republican was speaking about ObamaCare - and the House GOP's failed replacement plan - when the crowd started chanting: “You lie! You lie! You lie!”
Wilson infamously shouted the words at former President Obama when he was addressing Congress in 2009.
Wilson said after the town hall that he is still committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
In Oklahoma, Rep. Markwayne Mullin angered constituents at a feisty town hall this week when he said it was “bull crap” to claim they funded his congressional salary.
“You say you pay for me to do this. Bull crap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got there and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,” Mullin said at a forum in Jay, Oklahoma.
Several audience members shouted back at the congressman, to which he responded, “I’m just saying this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living.”
"I'm concerned you don't understand how Medicaid works"
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Meantime, Rep. Mike Coffman was pummeled at a town hall in Aurora, Colorado, for backing the House GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
"I voted for you because I thought you'd be a leader," said one angry constituent. "I don't see you leading."