Where is Chris Smith?
Town halls are a common way for politicians to connect with their constituents during recesses, when they are in their home districts away from Washington, DC. Chris Smith has not had a town hall meeting since 1993.
Despite their name, town hall meetings don’t have to take place in a town hall. They're commonly held in a range of venues, including schools, libraries, municipal buildings, and churches. Town hall meetings by teleconference or online are growing in popularity, making it easier than ever for a politician to engage with their consituents.
It’s clear that Smith doesn’t want to spend any time to have a dialog with his constituents. What has he been up to in those 23+ years?
Smith's Bill is Condemned by the American Civil Liberties Union
Smith made the Hyde Amendment permanent. This restricts health care for poor women on Medicaid; Native Americans, federal employees and their dependents, Peace Corps volunteers, military personnel and their dependents, and disabled women who rely on Medicare.Read More
Smith's Statements are Condemned by the Human Rights Campaign
Smith said he does “not construe homosexual rights as human rights,” and continued to question whether the country’s opposition to anti-LGBT legislation had negatively impacted the United States' international relations.Read More
Smith Votes to Reject UN's Climate Change Assessment
Smith sided with climate change deniers and voted for an amendment that prohibits the use of funds to design, implement, administer or carry out specified assessments regarding climate change.Read More
Smith Voted Against the Violence Against Women Act
Smith and other conservative Republicans objected to extending the Act's protections to same-sex couples and to provisions allowing battered undocumented individuals to claim temporary visas.Read More
Smith Accused Obama of Creating a “Culture of Death”
In an interview, Smith states that the Obama administration seeks “to remake America as the culture of death” and if he wins re-elections, it “will be significantly worse in terms of extremism in promoting both the abortion issue as well as the homosexual agenda.”Read More
Smith Attempted to Redefine Rape to Limit Abortions for Victims
The bill attempted preclude federal funding for abortions of pregnancies resulting from a variety of rapes where force may not be involved, including date rape, statutory rape, the rape of a woman who had been drugged, and the rape of a mentally incompetent woman.Read More
Smith Voted Against the DREAM Act, Punishing Immigrants' Children
Smith sided with Tea Party Republicans to vote against the bipartisan bill that would have established a process for immigrant minors to obtain conditional residency and provide a path to citizenship.Read More
Smith Voted Against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act
Conceived as a response to the murders of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., the measure expands federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disabilityRead More