Dallas, Texas is the site of one of the Town Meetings on June 26, 2010. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, speaking here in a video, is serving her ninth term representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes the city of Dallas.
Congresswoman Johnson has been a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since being sworn into office in 1993, and on 2007 was appointed Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Congresswoman Johnson is also a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology; a Senior Democratic Deputy Whip; Chair of the Texas Democratic Delegation; Chair of the House Metro Congestion Coalition; and Co-Chair for the TEX-21 Congressional Caucus (Texas transportation needs). In the past, Congresswoman Johnson served as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 107th Congress.
We asked Congresswoman Johnson for her perspective on the National Town Meeting:
Why do you believe it is important to engage the public in a national discussion on our federal budget?
In this time of economic uncertainty it’s vital that every person’s voice is heard, especially those affected most. Many constituents of mine are truly hurting from lost their homes, retirement, and their financial wellbeing. AmericaSpeaks give them a chance to voice their concerns.
Why should the public care about the fiscal challenges facing the country? How do they impact your constituents?
Before our economy took a turn for the better, unemployment lines were long, the price for everyday goods and services increased, small businesses could not get credit lines, and crime went up. As we continue to rebuild our economy, AmericaSpeaks provides us a vehicle to face financial challenges together.
As a member of Congress, what would be most valuable to hear from the American public?
In order for me to effectively serve my constituents, I need to know their concerns. AmericaSpeaks affords me the opportunity to not only hear from my constituents, but give them a platform to express themselves.blog comments powered by Disqus