It has been a whirlwind through the Fifth District...productive and, as always, quite fun. I visited with farmers in Richmond, MO and organizations concerned about the extended drought occurring in Missouri this summer. They told me about their issues getting water to livestock and the water storage needed to address the problem.
Following these conversations, I penned a letter to Governor Parson and mentioned that a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) might help with the funding needed for proper water storage.
From there, I visited with friends in Lexington, MO for lunch (thanks for the pizza & smiles Patty Skelton) and onto one of my favorite stops for peaches and honey at Peter’s Market.
At the Missouri State Fair this week in Sedalia. I had the opportunity to visit with Governor Parson about the drought and other issues. He is just as anxious as I am to help Missouri’s farmers.
Enjoyed talking with my friends at the Missouri Cattleman’s building at the State Fair and met with the Pork Producers who wanted to know more about trade and tariffs.
Also at the state fair, I had the pleasure of visiting with Sherry Jones and others with Farm Credit Services.
In the district this week, we also opened a new satellite office in Marshall, Missouri to help constituents with government agencies.
Back in the city, what a pleasure to be able to help teachers kick off the start of a new school year at the Kansas City Public School convocation. Those teachers are ready for the new year. Our children are our most precious resource and we must continue to fight for increases in education funding.
And remembering and acknowledging Dr. Samuel U. Rodgers legacy of 50 years of service was an honor, especially during National Health Care Week. I presented him with a Congressional Resolution honoring the years of service.
One of my last stops this week was attending a meeting with retirees regarding updates on the Central States Pension Fund.
I’m listening to constituents of the Fifth District. When I return to the Capitol. I’ll have my work list ready.
Emanuel Cleaver, II
Member of Congress