April 29th, 2017
U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 4/29/17
This week Congress is back in session, and we've got a lot of work to do.
I spent a lot of time hearing directly from folks across Missouri during my statewide town hall tour earlier this month, and one thing is clear: Missourians are tired of elected officials ignoring their responsibilities. Whether it's holding public town halls with constituents... or following through on promises to protect Missourians' healthcare, schools, retirement, and jobs... or keeping the government's lights on with an operating budget—you have the right to expect better.
When my mom was alive, she would sometimes travel with me to these events. From her time on the Columbia, Missouri city council, she was always a big believer than when you're in public service, you should never be afraid to let people chew on you—and I took that to heart.
I've made public town halls a cornerstone of my time in the Senate and the ones I held two weeks ago took me to rural communities throughout the state—and most of what I heard from folks had nothing to do with partisan politics.
I heard about the impact of the opioid epidemic on small towns in Missouri and how families are scared of losing their healthcare.
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I heard from veterans who have seen great progress in improving our state's VA services, and still others who need our help.
I heard from students, teachers and parents who were concerned about the future of our state's public schools, and from retirees and community leaders on the impact of proposed budget cuts to senior services.
Thousands of Missourians were able to share their thoughts directly and in-person, and every conversation I had, every question I was asked, informs what I do as your Senator. I'm planning more town halls this year that will take me to even more communities, because there's simply no substitute for face-to-face conversations between constituents and their elected officials. I owe every single Missourian my time and respect, and I plan to make good on that fundamental responsibility.
Click HERE to see more photos from my town halls across the state.
I hope to see you (in-person) very, very soon.
All the best,