Category Archives: US House PA-6

Town hall sparks political passion

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 4/08/17

WEST CHESTER >> Tempers are flaring less than 24 hours before a town hall meeting scheduled by U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello.

Costello, R-6, will meet with constituents Saturday afternoon in the 200-seat Courtroom 1 at the historic courthouse. Demand outpaced ticket availability and several people were shut out.

Some constituents have complained that they don’t have enough access to their second term congressman, while he says he’s listening – but still gets a negative response.

“We are in an environment where no matter what I do, a small group of folks is always going to criticize me no matter what I do,” Costello said. “A few people used to protest me to have a town hall and now I guess they’re going to protest me now that I’m having a town hall.”

“Congressman Costello’s so-called town hall is nothing but a farce,” said Brian J. McGinnis, chairman of the Chester County Democratic Committee, in a press release attacking the event. “We pay his salary and benefits. The least he can do is pay the good people of the 6th Congressional District some respect by answering questions for more than an hour.”

Costello said he had made prior plans and passed on attending a recent town hall at Phoenixville High school that attracted about 350 people. Many voters were dismayed that the rep didn’t show….

keep reading at Daily Local News. See the same writer’s report after the event in “Ryan Costello talks to constituents at town hall,” Daily Local News, 4/8/17

The Power of the Press… or not

Headlines in the Daily Local News:

Protests outside Meehan’s office and at Chester County Courthouse in favor of ACA, 2/11/17

“…About 150 also congregated in front of the Historic Chester County Courthouse Saturday, urging U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen, to support the ACA….”

Calling event a ‘political stunt,’ Costello won’t attend town hall in Phoenixville, 2/24/17

“…According to a flier sent to Digital First Media by the Concerned Constituent Action Group, the event will take place with or without Costello to discuss topics such as health care, the environment, education, immigration and ethics in the new age of government….”

Rep. Costello holds pop-up town hall meeting with protesters, 2/24/17

“Protesters who gathered once again outside U.S. Ryan Costello’s West Chester office were surprised Friday when the congressman appeared in person to talk with them.

“The protest group, called the Costello Constituent Action Group, has been meeting every Friday since President Trump’s election . After greeting the protesters, including a man in a gorilla suit holding a “Not a Paid Gorilla” sign, Costello invited them inside for an impromptu meeting….”

Group criticizes absent Rep. Costello at town hall, 2/25/17

“PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents were fired up Saturday at a scheduled town hall meeting where invited U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, did not attend.

“The Concerned Constituent Action Group hosted a town hall meeting to voice concerns about national issues including health care, the environment, education, immigration and ethics in the new age of government under President Donald Trump….”

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Cowardly Republicans Are Running Away from Voters and Cancelling Town Meetings This Weekend

By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet, February 17, 2017

Only 19 GOP members—a tiny number—will face critics in public.

Almost all congressional Republicans are scared of facing voters in town hall meetings over the long President’s Day weekend. Only 19 representatives and senators—a tiny number—will hold town meetings during the first recess of the current session of Congress, according to the Town Hall Project. But the group’s listing of these democratic mainstays barely tells the story.

According to an eye-opening Washington Post account, Republican officeholders have been cancelling planned town halls because they don’t want to face critics upset that they may soon lose their health insurance or see an increase in costs as the GOP plans to undermine Obamacare. Even worse, they don’t want organized progressive groups to show up with posters and video camera and determination to challenge them in public and post the confrontations on YouTube. …

keep reading at AlterNet
According to the Town Hall Project, the closest congressional Town Halls to Chester County are in Delaware and New Jersey. Congressional District PA 06 constituents have scheduled a Town Hall in Phoenixville for Feb. 25, 1-3 p.m., but at this point it is not known whether Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA 06) will appear or whether it will be an “empty chair” event. It will happen in either case.

“Immigration – what will your legacy be?”

open letter to Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA 6), 1/30/17, and similarly to Sen. Pat Toomey, and Speaker Paul Ryan

Dear Congressman Costello,

As a constituent from Chester County, I am writing to you to ask you to STAND UP for the immigration rights of this county. Donald Trump is abusing his Executive Order privileges by not following the Constitution and bullying his personal agenda on my country. He CAN NOT have the power to do this! Our nation was founded on Democracy. What he is doing is illegal. This Executive Order has not been reviewed by legal council, voted on by house and senate. 

Please, Congressman Costello, stand up and OPPOSE this Executive Order! Stop the Madness! What will YOUR legacy be? Will you stand up for what is right and just? Will you be remembered, along with your fellow republican Senators, as opposing the most disastrous executive order, EVER? 

The executive order reads: 

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” Following is the language of that order, as supplied by the White House.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans. And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States. Continue reading