SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Ben McAdams has rescheduled town hall meetings planned for next week in light of Congress canceling a planned recess, while Rep. John Curtis will show up virtually to hear from his constituents.
Congress was scheduled to be off for Monday's Martin Luther King Day holiday and the rest of the week but is expected to stay in session if the federal government shutdown is not resolved.
So McAdams will now hold a town hall meeting in West Valley City on Saturday, from 1-2 p.m., at the Redwood Recreational Center, 3060 Lester St.; and in Lehi, on Feb. 19, from 6-7 p.m., at Lehi City Council chambers, 153 N. 100 East.
And Curtis will take questions at a town hall meeting already scheduled for Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Provo Recreation Center, 320 W. 500 North, in Provo, via Skype, Facebook and Instagram Live.
Curtis, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, said he's held more than 100 town hall meetings in the past year and decided rather than canceling Tuesday's, he would attend virtually.
McAdams also rescheduled his open house at his 4th Congressional District office in West Jordan. It is now set for Jan. 26, from 1-3 p.m. The district office is located at 9067 S. 1300 West, Suite 101.
"I hope rescheduling is not too inconvenient for constituents eager to share their views," the state's newest congressman said in a statement. "Listening to them is a top priority for me and I look forward to seeing as many constituents as possible."
Town hall meetings were an issue during McAdams' race against now former Rep. Mia Love. Love, a two-term Republican, was criticized for choosing instead to hold town hall meetings via telephone and in person with small groups of constituents.