Heard on the Hill: #AskDems at Twitter Town Hall

Posted March 9, 2011 at 5:55pm

Who says Members of Congress are too old to understand hashtags, followers or bit.ly?

The House Democratic Caucus New Media Working Group (try saying that three times fast) is hosting a Twitter town hall at noon today.

More than a dozen lawmakers, including Reps. Mike Honda (Calif.), John Larson (Conn.) and John Garamendi, (Calif.) will be fielding questions about the budget and the GOP spending bill on the social messaging site. Questions can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag “#AskDems.”

“In organizing this national town hall, House Democrats are reaching out to an America that is enraged with the Republican attack on working families, seniors, women, children, students and our economy,” Honda says. “The tweeting voices are drawing a line in the sand, saying enough is enough — all in 140 characters or less.”

The House Democratic Caucus New Media Working Group was founded last year to share new media practices with House Democrats.

“The Internet is tearing down the gates that used to divide Representatives from the public,” Garamendi says. “Public research helped create the Internet; it’s about time public servants utilized it to its fullest potential.”