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GROWING BACKLASH? Republican lawmakers face protests over ObamaCare, Trump policies


Washington Republicans this weekend faced more protests at public events — backlash that appears to be growing against President Trump and the GOP-led Congress for trying to dismantle ObamaCare and against other parts of their agenda.

On Saturday, for the second week in a row, Florida GOP Rep. Gus Bilirakis reportedly faced about a hundred people at a town hall meeting upset about Republican plans to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, without a solid alternative.

The episodes — like those faced by other House Republicans and by recently confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — appear similar to those staged by the Tea Party movement in 2009. Members’ grassroots opposition to the increasing size of government under then-President Obama led to the 2010 wave election in which Republicans seized control of the House.

DeVos, a supporter of vouchers and other alternatives to pubic education, was temporarily blocked Friday when trying to enter a District of Columbia public school.

“Go home,” shouted a man holding a “Black Lives Matters” sign. “Shame, shame, shame.”

The concerns raised Saturday in Bilirakis’ conservative Gulf Coast district were similar to those Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz faced a day earlier.

Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight committee, was met

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/11/reverse-tea-party-republican-officials-facing-more-protests-across-country.html