As President Barack Obama begins his sales pitch to Congress on this week's nuclear deal, members on both sides are hosting town halls related to Iran and the agreement.
LegiStorm tracked three town halls this year before Tuesday explicitly mentioning Iran in either the announcement before the event or update afterward. Since, three Republicans have scheduled telephone town halls on the subject and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) has a forum on the nuclear agreement set for Sunday in West Hartford.
Larson said the agreement is "historic" and he will be reviewing the deal in the coming days.
"This is a tremendous step towards peace in the region, but it does not diminish the need for vigilance in the coming days. Iran still retains a troubling human rights record and remains a major destabilizing force in the Middle East," the event announcement said. "While this agreement is an extraordinary accomplishment, the United States must continue to push for wider reforms on a variety of issues."
In April, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) scheduled a town hall in Norwalk focused on the negotiations, followed by two Republican telephone halls. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) held one on immigration, Iran and national debt issues April 30 and Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) hosted a telephone town hall May 7 from Jerusalem.
"I have been on the ground to discuss the threat of Iran's nuclear program first-hand with Israeli leaders and senior military officials, and I would like to share the important work I am doing on your behalf, as well as get your feedback," he said in the event's description.
Since the agreement, Reps. Steve Russell (R-Okla.), Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) and Mark Walker (R-N.C.) have also hosted telephone town halls, according to LegiStorm data. They discussed a variety of issues, including the Iran deal, health care, the debt, international trade, tax reform and BP oil spill settlement.
LegiStorm monitors a variety of sources for town hall information, and only tracks town halls where the member is a direct participant online, on the phone or in person.