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You're my Congressman. And you have been since the redistricting became law on February 14th, 2012, which was then reaffirmed by referendum on Nov 6, 2012.

I think it's time you amended your official Congressional website to include a correct map for your new district and the ability for people to email you. I tried this morning to send you an email and was blocked because my zip code was disallowed because this particular function thinks I am out of your district.

Not updating your website is not a good start. I voted for you and the referendum to keep the new redistricting plan, but many people did not up toward the west. You need to be accessible to your constituents. You also need to be accessible to people outside your district, or even the state. I have had no problems contacting various other Senators or Representatives in other states about a particular matter of importance. You are a U.S. Representative and sit on committees of interest to many. Restricting access to people for email purposes is not prudent or necessary. You are a member of the House Budget Committee, on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Vice Chairman of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, inter alia. These are issues that are not contained within just your district and you should want to hear from anybody and everybody who has an opinion, question or idea.....regardless of zip code.

Please amend and update your website to reflect your duly enacted district.

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  •  They All Need to do it (6+ / 0-)

    Andy Harris and Donna Edwards need to update their web sites, too.  I'm embarrassed to still have Harris listed as my Representative, when Edwards is supposed to be.  Edwards can think.  Harris can only do what the Tea Party wants him to do.  

    •  Elijah Cummings needs to do it as well. I am (1+ / 0-)
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      thrilled that Roscoe Bartlett is no longer my rep, but I'd really like to see that reflected in Cummings' website.

      A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

      by marleycat on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 03:23:06 PM PST

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  •  You are lucky to have Chris Van Hollen rep'g you. (4+ / 0-)

    But you are right they need to update their websites and most important to me -- many of them won't accept emails or comments from people out of their districts, or out-of-staters.  I've railed about this to many of them, stating they represent all of us, not just their districts and...

    Isn't it just a bit disturbing that we can't speak to them directly on their websites, yet we all receive many emails (we out-of-staters) asking for our contributions?

    The road goes both ways, que no?

    Anyway... I really like Rep. Van Hollen.  He's been very outspoken for and on behalf of our President!

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 02:31:22 PM PST

  •  You could probably go to his office (2+ / 0-)
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    in Rockville and find him chatting in the hallway. He is very accessible.

    Chris and his staff helped get visas for my kids when Homeland Insecurity was causing problems.

    Cool guy.

    We all stand submissively before the global ATM machine network like trained chickens pecking the correct colored buttons to release our grains of corn. Joe Bageant

    by Zwoof on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 03:26:56 PM PST

    •  They helped me get records from the Army... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...that I had been trying for a couple of years to obtain. Took 'em two weeks.

      This seems like a brief lapse in what is otherwise a generally exceptional constituent service operation.

      "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

      by JR on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 03:47:56 PM PST

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  •  As a constituent in... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...the 21784, I'm looking forward to Van Hollen instead of Bartlett.

    I'm pretty sure, however, that Bartlett is still my Congressman until this Congress ends.  We voted based on the new districts, but this Congress finishes based on the old ones.

    Progressive LIBERAL-right, yet "disloyal" since January 20, 2001

    by howie14 on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 03:58:38 PM PST

  •  I don't know how brief it is. (0+ / 0-)

    The redistricting is 10 months gone. The referendum would have sent it back to the drawing board, but since the law was enacted in February, we all got redistricted. I got a new voter registration card in May or so.

    This is not good for Maryland. How hard could it be?

  •  Redistricting takes effect in January 2013 (0+ / 0-)

    I, too, will have a new Congressman under Maryland's redistricting law.   But he will not become my Congressman until January 3, 2013 when he is sworn in as a Member of Congress.

    The same goes for Congressman Van Hollen.   The redistricting plan was passed by the General Assembly last spring.  Even had it not been petitioned to referendum on November's ballot, the new boundaries do not take effect until January 3, 2013.

    So even thought we VOTED in our new districts, we are not officially represented by our new Representatives yet.   And incumbents are prohibited by the rules of the House of Representatives from changing their websites to reflect new areas that they don't CURRENTLY represent.

    So let's all give Congressman Van Hollen a break.  He is a good guy and a great leader.  And I know he will represent his new constituents well -- beginning in January.

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