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With Brady At CPAC, Constituents Prepare For “Empty Chair” Town Hall

Montgomery County residents will hold a Saturday morning forum in Conroe, to discuss issues ranging from the Affordable Care Act to education. Congressman Kevin Brady, invited to be the keynote speaker, is in Washington, D.C.

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Congressman Kevin Brady fielded questions about tax reform at CPAC, the annual conservative political conference near Washington, D.C., on Friday afternoon. Some constituents had hoped he would attend a town hall before the end of this week's congressional recess. They're planning to go ahead with the event, with or without the congressman.

Brady attended a town hall in The Woodlands during the last congressional break in January. At the time, he faced occasionally hostile questioning over Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Brady, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, is one of those leading that effort. A group of Montgomery County residents who attended the January forum arranged another one for this Saturday.

"I guess we'll just have an extended question and answer period with our experts and the people that are there," says Kevin Thompson of Porter, one of the organizers.

Thompson says he hopes the town hall won't be a purely partisan affair. "If Republicans came, we would love it," he says, "because they would see the commonalities we all share on like, the Affordable Care Act and Social Security and Medicare and education. You know, cause we all really have a lot more in common that we do differences. It's just, a lot of times, the shouting gets in the way."

The event is scheduled to take place in Conroe, Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon.