Local lawmakers in Missouri listening to voters' frustrations instead of on Capital Hill - KMOV.com

Local lawmakers in Missouri listening to voters' frustrations instead of on Capital Hill

(KMOV)— Some of Missouri’s lawmakers are not in Washington working on the Federal Governments’ debt limit and spending cuts debate. They are in Missouri hearing the voters’ frustrations over this issue.

 Congressman Russ Carnahan is spending his time in Affton meeting with seniors at the community center as they voiced frustration over the process and the problems at hand.

 

Senator Claire McCaskill attended a rebuilding event in North St. Louis. A lot of voters wonder why she and other political representatives are in Missouri instead of working with the negotiations in Washington. McCaskill believes it’s important to be in both places, engaged in Washington and being here, listening to the voters.

 

Republican John Shimkus says the public wants an open and transparent process. Shimkus will return to Washington on Tuesday.

 

One legislator believes that Congress will never fully fix the debt problem since most members spend most of their time campaigning for re-election rather than making painful decisions.

 

Congressman Carnahan is confident Congress will get this done this week.  Congressman Shimkus says he ready to raise the debt limit, as long as big-time cuts go along with it.

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