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Rep. Speier demands reopening of White House phone comment line


Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, has introduced a bill that seeks to require President Donald Trump to restore a public comment telephone line at the White House.

The comment line previously open at (202) 456-1111 has closed under the Trump Administration and refers people to make a comment on the White House's website at or on Facebook Messenger, although there is currently no way to leave a message on the White House's Facebook page.

The White House switchboard at (202) 456-1414 is taking calls but doesn't record comments, according to Rep. Speier's office.

"The American people deserve to be able to communicate freely with their president," she said in a statement. "Unfortunately, while this president is certainly committed to his Twitter account he must also be willing to hear from his constituents the old fashioned way."

Rep. Speier's bill, the Phone the White House Act, would call for the elimination of funding for the Executive Office of the President for any period of time in which a public comment phone system is not in place.

"By failing to restart the White House's public comment phone line, he has effectively silenced the more than 30 million Americans who are not on the Internet and who have every right to register their views with the White House in a timely fashion," she said.

"The president needs to recognize that his job also includes listening to all Americans, not just the echo chamber in the White House," Rep. Speier said.

The bill has 15 co-sponsors, including fellow Bay Area Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, but is highly unlikely to pass given the Republican majority in both houses of Congress.


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9 people like this
Posted by Conservative Homeland
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

My first comment, and possibly last to President Trump, upon reopening of the comment line:

- Why did President Trump just call America the moral equivalent of a dictator who assassinates political opponents and murders journalists?

- Q: "But he's a killer though. Putin's a killer."
- President Trump: "There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?"

I am ashamed. This was the last straw. What leverage does Putin have on President Trump, that our president would greatly disparage America just to defend this murderous tyrant?

From Sky News, part of Sir Rupert Murdoch's great empire Web Link
Michael McFaul, a former ambassador to Moscow, said: "This moral equivalency that Trump continues to draw between the USA and Russia is disgusting."

8 people like this
Posted by Conservative Homeland
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

I am so livid. President Trump must drive down the price of oil and gas so that the Russian economy is hampered immensely and rid the world of Putin. Time for a democratic government in Russia; keep American sanctions on Putin in place or increase them.

5 people like this
Posted by MAmenlopark
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Thank you for trying to reopen communication with the White House even if this bill does not get passed. Every effort sends a message and shame on anyone in either party who tries to stifle the voice of the people they say they serve. My prayer these days is that the good people in red states will use their voices to drive change. i am hopeful when I see that the woman's march took place in Kansas and Missouri. United we must be to retain our civil liberties.

2 people like this
Posted by PCT mattress
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 7, 2017 at 1:09 pm

Nice to learn this week that Trump sits around in his bathrobe NOT reading the executive orders before he signs them, and watches the serial sexual harassment King, O'Reilly.

Too much effort to bother reading anything at night, eh, donny?


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Posted by Leigh Haber
a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

Thank you for trying to reopen this. I am absolutely stunned that this line is closed. Also, you cannot get an operator on the line no matter what you do at the other number posted above. It just plays the same recording over and over. I sincerely fear that a dictatorship is emerging.

4 people like this
Posted by By product
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Does anyone know how many innocent civilians men woman and children were killed under the obama admin
They are referred to as collateral damage and accepted as a by product of drone and missile attacks
I am only comfortable with 0
What is your comfort level

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Posted by Conservative Homeland
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm

"I am only comfortable with 0" - I agree. And the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's killed because we invaded a country that never attacked us is doggone criminal.

Did you write to obama, or call the comment line?

How many civilians dies along with the brave Navy SEAL last week in President Trump's fiasco in Yemen?

Have you called President Trump yet?

6 people like this
Posted by Yes-Man
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Feb 8, 2017 at 8:46 pm

@Byproduct must be extremely upset that Trump started off by killing civilians, including an 8 year old American girl in his first week.

Try to control your anger.

2 people like this
Posted by Smoking
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm

Poster must be just HEARTBROKEN at the loss of life last week, especially the little girl.

9 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Why worry about a comment line when the person on the other end is deaf?

4 people like this
Posted by Chickenhawks Unite!
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Feb 9, 2017 at 10:28 am

You "by-products"... did ya call the wig-topped cheeto about all the civilians he killed in his ill-prepared raid last week?

Just so he could float about a successful military operations - from a guy that dodged Vietnam. More chickenhawks.

Killed a brave soldier, killed civilians, lost about a hundred million worth of US military gear and he calls it a success.

Not just a chickenhawk, he's an illiterate chickenhawk.

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Posted by El Camino
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm

By Product didn't seem to want to defend his faulty observation. Especially after Trump's 1st military decision was such a cluster-something.

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