Weekly Capitol Report
"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." - Second Amendment, The Constitution of United States
In recent weeks we have all heard examples on the evening news or from our family and friends about the dysfunctional healthcare.gov website. The website is not user-friendly and in many cases just simply does not work.
The United States is home to some 28 million small businesses. Locally owned businesses help tell the uniquely American story of rural communities in our Eighth Congressional District. Many times these businesses become cornerstones and landmarks in small towns, and are proudly passed down from one generation to the next.
Our Eighth Congressional District is home to some of the most naturally beautiful areas in the country. We are fortunate to have the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers that provide families with a place to canoe, swim, boat, and fish close to home.
Rural communities in Missouri rely heavily on coal-fired energy to power their homes, businesses and farms. In fact, over 80% of Missouri’s power is generated by coal-fired power plants. Missourians and other rural Americans stand to lose when Washington bureaucrats regulate rural energy production instead of creating a responsible national energy policy that works for all Americans.
When I am home in Missouri one of the most frequent complaints I hear about Congress is that its members live under a different set of rules than the rest of America.
Soon senior citizens across our congressional district will be receiving information about Medicare Open Enrollment. During this two month enrollment period, current Medicare beneficiaries can alter their coverage plans and new beneficiaries can sign up for a Medicare plan for the first time. Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th and closes December 7th.
As you know, the government shutdown created by Washington’s inability to work together for the common good is now over. The Senate and the House of Representatives passed legislation to extend our nation’s borrowing limit and end the first government shutdown in 17 years.
The current dysfunction and gridlock in Washington frustrates families across our country and in our Eighth Congressional District. With the constant spin coming from national media outlets, the White House and congressional leaders, it’s hard to determine if any real progress is being made towards ending the government shutdown.