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House Democrats have selected 27 states for an upcoming series of town hall-style meetings on prescription drug reform. [IMGCAP(1)]

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced the initiative earlier this month.

“House Democrats are remarkably energized on this issue, as the number holding town halls attests,” Hoyer said. “We are going to explain to seniors what Democrats are fighting for and how inadequate the GOP bill is, and we think that seniors will agree with the Democratic plan at the end of the day.”

Members taking part represent the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as the Virgin Islands.

The Caucus is targeting areas where vulnerable Members could face tough re-election bids.

Accessible Surfing.The House Information Resources office is inviting systems administrators to learn more about creating Web sites accessible to people with disabilities.

The event, sponsored by Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems, runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the Rayburn Gold Room.

An expert panel, including an HIR representative, will review Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires federal agencies to make information technology accessible to disabled persons.

The act does not apply to Congress. There will also be interactive demonstration booths.

The event is also open to legislative staff dealing with disability issues.

— Jennifer Yachnin

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