SPOKANE, Wash. - Lawmakers across the country have been under intense pressure to meet with voters since election day, and Washington’s five-term Democratic U.S. Senator Patty Murray is no different.
Murray has routinely held press conferences and sit-down meetings but town halls have rarely been on the agenda. In fact, she has not held one since 2013 according to the Legistorm, an online database which keeps track of information regarding members of Congress.
She is the only member of Washington's congressional delegation who has not held a town hall since before last year's election.
KREM 2 was not able to speak with Murray herself, because her press office said she was unavailable. Her press representatives said Murray had planned a visit to Spokane for the first week of August recess, but then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled the first half of the recess. McConnell asked all lawmakers to stay in Washington D.C. to hammer out a healthcare bill, Murray’s office said.
Murray was last in Eastern Washington in April, her office told KREM 2, at an open press event at WSU Spokane. At the time, she discussed President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health and how that could have an impact on research projects and grant funding for Washington graduate students.