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Can Harris be held accountable?

Last week, a letter writer called Rep. Andy Harris one of the "shining stars" of the Freedom Caucus, a group of extremist Republicans who will make it virtually impossible to elect a new House speaker and have essentially destabilized the Republican Party with the 2016 election only a year away. He has also been asked if he would support another government shutdown. Of course, no response was forthcoming, nor did I anticipate one.

My wife, who receives Social Security disability, wrote Dr. Harris over drastic cuts in disability income that would take place in 2016 unless Congress acts. The form response was basically that his views on the topic would become clear in the near future. That was over six months ago, and no new update has been provided.

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Does Dr. Harris feel so untouchable in his district that he has no need to address the concerns of his constituents?

With the debt ceiling and government funding becoming major issues before this year is out (especially given Maryland's large federal work force and huge impact on the state), we need to know where he stands now. Maryland needs elected officials who can stand up and be accountable. But how can one be accountable if one refuses to take a position?

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Thomas J. Snyder, Baltimore

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