Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

January 18, 2014

Messer opens tour in Rushville

By Kate Thurston Rushville Republican
Greensburg Daily News

---- — RUSHVILLE – From basketball to tax reform, Indiana Congressman Luke Messer covered several topics during his “Coffee with the Congressman Tour” which kicked off in Rushville Friday morning at the Corner Restaurant.

The tour, which had been rescheduled once due to weather, was an opportunity for Hoosiers in the 6th District to have their questions answered and their concerns heard by their representative in Congress. The tour includes 11 stops in 11 cities in two days. The event was open to the public and press.

“My goal during this tour is to listen more, rather than talk,” Messer said. “I want to listen to the community and hear what they have to say and ask.”

Messer discussed the budget in the nation’s government and how they have practiced five years without one.

Recently Messer voted for the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 3547). The legislation provides funding for the federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

“This bill is an imperfect result of an imperfect process. But, it is in many ways a victory for those who believe Washington spends too much. It avoids government shutdown, restores funds cut by the sequester and reduces overall discretionary spending for the fourth year in a row, something that hasn’t happened since the Korean War. Now, we need to address our nation’s most serious fiscal challenge; strengthening entitlement programs for the current beneficiaries and future retirees without busting the budget,” Messer said.

Messer says communities are feeling effects of Obamacare as well.

“Taxes are going up, premiums are rising and hours are being cut,” Messer said. “Everyone is impacted. Small businesses, restaurants, doctor offices, they all are affected. Obamacare is affecting the whole country and is impacting the school systems. We need to look at priorities and create better jobs,” Messer said. “The government is pretty clever about how they are trying to do things.”

Other topics discussed were Veteran’s benefits.

“I don’t think citizens are understanding pensions, but they are not getting cut. Benefits for veterans are actually getting fixed,” Messer stated.

Along with politics Messer lightened the atmosphere with some sports talk.

“I attended the Greensburg and Batesville game last night,” Messer said. “They have a great team. Then I got home and caught the second half of the Pacers game, what a blowout,” Messer laughed.

Messer was finishing his tour Saturday in Greenfield at the Jim Dandy Family Restaurant.

Contact: Kate Thurston at 765-932-2222, ext. 114; kate.thurston@rushvillerepublican.com