JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Approaching a two-week Congressional recess that starts on Monday, Missouri’s Democratic Party is calling on the state’s GOP delegation to hold public town hall meetings to answer to their constituents for their unpopular, extreme policies.
Not a single member of Missouri’s GOP delegation – including Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO2), Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO3), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO4), Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO6), Congressman Billy Long (R-MO7), Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO8), and Senator Roy Blunt – is scheduled to hold a public town hall meeting during the April recess, which starts on Monday, April 10 and lasts until Friday, April 21.
“If Missouri’s Republicans in Congress can actually say with a straight face that they’re looking out for working Missouri families – and not just pursuing reckless policies that favor special interests – then they should have no problem saying so in an open, public town hall,” said Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber.
- Trumpcare: The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the GOP health care bill would have offered a $275 billion tax giveaway to the wealthy. (Tax Policy Center) As an example of rising costs for older Missourians under Trumpcare, the average coverage cost for a 60-year-old from St. Louis County or St. Charles County with an income of $30k/year would have increased by $6,040 in 2020. The average coverage cost for a 60-year-old from Boone County with an income of $30k/year would have increased by $11,730 in 2020. (Kaiser Family Foundation)
- Gutting Water and Waste Water Resources: In 2016, The United States Department of Agriculture funded nearly $50 million in federal loans and grants for over 30 water and waste water projects in Missouri. In 2015, USDA invested over $60 million in federal loans and grants for 40 water and waste water projects in Missouri. (USDA 2016 & USDA 2015) President Trump’s proposed budget “eliminates $498 million in funding for rural water systems.” (Center for American Progress).
- Slashing Economic Resources: According to the Center for American Progress, the Trump budget proposal eliminates $175 million in funding that supports small and rural community airports via the Essential Air Service. (Center for American Progress) This would cause about 175 small and rural communities – including Joplin, Fort Leonard Wood, Kirksville, and Cape Girardeau – to lose commercial connections to major hub airports. (U.S. Department of Transportation)