Saturday, October 25, 2014

No turnout for Lynn Jenkins visit

By The Herald Staff | 2/14/2014

GARNETT — By visiting the communities within her district, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., said she uncovers what Kansas residents want from their federal-level elected officials — she has to get out of Washington to understand which issues are most important.

But no Garnett residents appeared to turn out Friday to help her in that pursuit.

GARNETT — By visiting the communities within her district, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., said she uncovers what Kansas residents want from their federal-level elected officials — she has to get out of Washington to understand which issues are most important.

But no Garnett residents appeared to turn out Friday to help her in that pursuit.

Jenkins recently spent time visiting businesses and residents in Garnett, Topeka, Leavenworth and Parsons. Bill Roe, Jenkin’s district director, said many people think members of Congress go on vacation when on recess, but Jenkins needs to spend that free time visiting with her constituents in the district.

The Kansas Congresswoman said the political climate in Washington has calmed down a bit recently, which might be why no one ventured out Friday to discuss the issues during her Garnett stop. Another factor might be because the state Legislature now is in session, she said.

Many in the district have stopped bringing up the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, during her visits, she said, because they’ve already made up their minds on the issue. Jenkins responded Tuesday to new delays in the new healthcare law, and said the wide-sweeping legislation needed to be reworked.

At her Garnett visit, Jenkins said several small business owners had told her the law hurt residents because of higher premiums and dropped coverage.

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