A day after attending U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan’s town hall meeting, I was dispatched to cover a rally of postal workers that the congressman attended.
The postal service’s woes - which is detailed in this St. Louis Beacon article - are combination of many factors. But in short, the rally-goers want to forestall a scheduled pre-payment into a retiree health benefit fund.
Click on the video to see footage from the rally.
At his Monday town hall meeting in Richmond Heights, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis City, was asked a question about the execution of Troy Davis. The Georgia man’s execution has sparked increased discussion about the application of the death penalty.
Click on the above video to see Carnahan’s response.
My last video for the day features questions from me and KMOX’s Michael Calhoun to U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis City. Both of us asked the congressman about his political future and a redistricting lawsuit.
Click on the video to see more.
I also spent the late afternoon in Richmond Heights, where U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis City, held a town hall meeting where he answered a wide variety of questions.
One of the queries Carnahan received was on a lawsuit filed to overturn a new congressional map. Click on the video above to see Carnahan’s response.
The AP had an interesting article a few days ago about Republican skittishness about extending a tax cut on the payroll tax. That’s the tax that gets taken out of workers’ paychecks to go toward Social Security.
Needless to say, Democrats are jumping on the issue with both feet. U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis City, held a conference call with Missouri Democratic Party chairwoman Susan Montee this morning. You can hear his remarks on the payroll tax issue in the above video.
By the way, Carnahan was asked [again] about his political plans for 2012. For full disclosure, I had to take another phone call when he apparently discussed this. But Eli Yokley managed to post about Carnahan’s statement. You can read Yokley’s blog post here.
This compromise bill establishes a framework for putting our budget on a path to sustainability, and protects vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security from draconian cuts or privatization.
I will encourage the special commission established by this bill to take a balanced approach to reducing our debt that includes both cuts and new revenues, and the President has assured us he would use his veto authority to stop attempts to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans unless other revenue-producing tax reform measures are agreed to.
Now it’s time to end this self-inflicted default crisis distraction and focus on the priorities of the American people: creating jobs and growing the economy.