Elected To Serve
These last few weeks, I’ve been spending time in the Fifth Congressional District of Missouri, meeting with constituents, and learning about their concerns. Members of Congress are elected to serve the constituents of their districts, and the first step in meeting that obligation is to listen to the issues impacting their daily lives.
I had the opportunity to meet with hospital administrators, hospital employees, and pharmacists in the rural areas of the Fifth District to talk about healthcare and the Affordable Care Act. They spoke of the changes they would like to see to Medicaid and Medicare and needs of rural citizens. I spoke with residents who fear the potential elimination of the CDBG program, or Community Development Block Grant program, in this year’s fiscal budget and what that would mean to programs in our area. I heard from city officials, community organizations and concerned citizens about what this would mean for their neighborhoods and businesses.
I attended a “Protect the American Dream” rally hosted by the Missouri Realtors Association and spoke of the importance of affordable safe housing for all Americans.
I had the opportunity to tour the Hallmark Distribution Center in Liberty, MO, a potential job site for hundreds of Kansas Citians to find work.
I had the privilege of speaking at the National Federation of the Blind’s Annual Convention held in Kansas City and was just as excited to speak to engineers, laborers at the Steel Workers Convention in Las Vegas.
Nothing warms my heart more than speaking and listening to children. I was able to take questions from some of my most honest and fierce constituents, the 4th graders at the Della Lamb Charter School/ KC International Academy.
And lastly, the annual Congressional Art Contest showcased some of the best artistic talent of high school students in the Fifth District with over 200 pieces of art on display.
These are a few of the gatherings, roundtables, and meetings I attended during this district work period, and there is more to do. Stay tuned, we will soon conduct a town hall via Facebook. Get your questions ready, it’s time to talk to your Congressman.
Warmly, Emanuel Cleaver, II Member of Congress