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Senators' offices flooded with calls, letters since inauguration

Senate offices flooded with calls,...

Pennsylvania's two United States senators told 69 News that their offices have been flooded with calls, emails, and letters recently.

According to Sen. Pat Toomey's office, messages increased tenfold since the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20.

"We have been faxing, emailing, calling, coming here every Tuesday to speak to staff," said Beverly DeSignor, who protested outside Toomey's office in Allentown on Tuesday. "We write letters and we bring them along and they are submitted to the office, but basically, we are being given lip service."

The office said the calls and emails represent a "myriad" of issues, while Toomey posted on Facebook on Monday, saying people "are weighing in on President Trump's cabinet nominees."  The Facebook post said many of the messages were from people "outside of our state." 

"We believe the majority of people protesting this are from Pennsylvania," DeSignor said.

On social media, Toomey, a Republican, asked his constituents to reach out through his website, and added that he and his staff review the messages and appreciate the input.

A spokesperson said the office is doing everything it can to reach out to people through direct messages, meetings, phone calls, letters and email.

"Why don't you come out and have a town hall? Why don't you come out and talk to us and find out how we really view things?" DeSignor said.

More than 30,000 people have commented on Toomey's post regarding the influx in calls. Many of those people commenting urged the senator to vote against Trump's pick for education.

Meantime, Sen. Bob Casey's office said calls and emails are up 900 percent from last year.  Office staff attributed a quarter of the messages to Trump's cabinet pick for education, Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed Tuesday afternoon after a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.


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