- Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Discusses Mortgage Rules at Consumer Federation of America Meeting
- UPDATED LINKS: Dangerous Hydrogen Fluoride Among Water Emissions Sent to Huntington Waste Treatment Plant According to EPA
- WORK SESSION: Council Holds Solemn Preparation, While Discussing Skatepark, Comprehensive Plan
- Day Three: Stewart Receives 2013 NMPA Myers Brothers Award
- Police seized hundreds of thousands in cash, firearms and pills during investigation
- Send Off Planned for Huntington Highlanders to State Championship
- Huntington Mayor's Dad, Dr. Don Williams Passes
- BREAKING... Condolences to Huntington Mayor Steve Williams & Family on the Passing of his Dad.
- Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coin Available December 9
- Day One: NASCAR Champion’s Week In Las Vegas Officially Begins
COMMENTARY: Congress is not Doing it's Job
There is a huge difference between wanting to be in Congress and wanting to represent the people of the district and do the tough work necessary to make their lives better.
Americans need Congress to do its job - pay our bills and ensure our economy does not go into free fall. By failing to perform this most basic job, our economy, retirement accounts and savings are placed at risk.
This government shutdown affects veterans and military families and is causing real pain for government employees and ordinary citizens. A few serious examples of how the shutdown is affecting the 6th District:
In Columbiana County, at least 240 people work at the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution. But, they are considered so-called "essential employees;" so even though the government is shut down, they are expected to continue working. What most people don't realize, however, is that as long as this shutdown continues, these employees won't be paid.... which means they must go to work, pay their childcare provider and other bills, and in return get an IOU from the federal government.
Furloughed employees are prohibited from working and will not be paid until a budget bill is also passed. Historically, these employees will also eventually be paid for the forced time off because of the shutdown. This means that taxpayers will eventually foot the bill for government services that Congress is withholding, while also feeling the additional harm the shutdown is causing the economy.
In Monroe County, unrelated to the government shutdown, the Ormet plant just closed down, resulting in more than 500 employees losing their job. Typically, these men and women would be eligible for worker retraining assistance, to help them get new jobs. But during the shutdown, they'll get nothing.... making this hard time in their lives even harder. That's wrong.
All of these very real consequences could have been avoided and can be solved, if irresponsible members of Congress will do their job and focus on the best interests of the people they represent rather than their own political self-interests.
Instead of voting to shut down the government, Congressman Bill Johnson ought to be voting to pass legislation that provides reassurance to veterans and military families, that pays Elkton prison guards for going to work, that helps the hard-working people at the Ormet plant receive the worker retraining they will need to provide for their families, and that protects against another catastrophic economic recession.
Congressman Johnson is a political opportunist more interested in the theatrics of politics than finding solutions. We witnessed this as Johnson stood on the front steps cheering on this mess and we witnessed before as he moved into the district recently because it gave him a shot to be a viable candidate for Congress. We need problem solvers not political opportunists.
I believe it is time for people who have common sense to be elected to Congress. I am running to solve the tough problems, to stand for the people of eastern and southeastern Ohio.
Jennifer Garrison is running for the democratic nomination for Congress in Ohio’s 6th District. She lives in Marietta with her husband Russ and their 3 children.