The Block Island Times

Sen. Reed, Rep. Langevin to visit

By Lars Trodson | Aug 30, 2013
Senator Jack Reed

Have a question about ObamaCare? Beach erosion? Deer ticks? U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and Rep. Jim Langevin, both Democrats representing Rhode Island, will be on the island next Tuesday to take your questions. The visit is coordinated by the New Shoreham Democratic Committee

Committee Chair Sean McGarry encouraged islanders to attend a luncheon at the 1661 Inn on Tuesday, Sept. 3 beginning at noon (tickets are $40 each), and to interact with the congressmen while they’re here. “They’ve been wanting to come out to the island,” McGarry said of Reed and Langevin, but added they didn’t want to visit while the island was in the middle of its tourism season. RSVP for the luncheon by calling 465-3677 by Aug. 31.

The theme of the visit, McGarry said, “Is what can they [Reed and Langevin] do for us on the federal level and on a local level.”

McGarry said that Reed and Langevin are scheduled to visit the Island Free Library, and that Sen. Reed will present a grant to the Sewer District. Both members of Congress are also expected to visit the medical center.

“People will have a chance to come with some specific requests,” McGarry said. “It’s just a great opportunity for people who live here to ask questions.”

Sen. Reed has been a member of Congress since 1991, when he was first elected to the House of Representatives, and has been a senator since 1997. He serves on three committees: Armed Services, Appropriations and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Langevin, a former member of the Rhode Island General Assembly, has been a member of Congress since 2001. He serves on the Armed Services Committee in the House and is also on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

McGarry said there are at least three topics that Reed and Langevin would be interested in: “Coastal erosion and the effect of Sandy are big issues,” McGarry said. “And I know that a big topic is going to be the deer and how we can take control over the deer population.”

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