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Congress fled town early this month and left work undone in Washington — but it wasn’t to rush back and hear from constituents at home.

No Labels, a new pressure group, surveyed all House members and found that most of them do not have any town hall meetings scheduled, despite taking a full month off from work in the capital. Democrats, who lost their majority in the House last year, are actually worse than Republicans: More than two-thirds of them are avoiding voters, while about half of Republicans have meetings scheduled.

No Labels surveyed the offices of all 430 current House members to see if they had town hall gatherings with constituents scheduled for the month of August. The group said by not holding public meetings, lawmakers may end up shielding themselves from the voters.

“Washington must hear from all Americans, not a handpicked few who passes a partisan litmus test or can afford to donate,” said William Galston, a co-founder of the group.

The list of lawmakers compiled by No Labels can be found at http://nolabels.org/blog/60-congress-not-holding-town-halls.

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