In the wake of the Government Shutdown, we caught up with Congressman Bennie Thompson of the 2nd Congressional District, yesterday at the Annual MLK Breakfast in Grenada, and here's what he had to say about how the Government shutdown is affecting Homeland Security, and what he is supporting in legislation to help Mississippians.
"We have another pay period coming up this week. People have mortgages to pay, they have utilities bills to pay, car notes or whatever, and it's not fair for them to get caught up in this shutdown. We have 4,000 people here in the State of Mississippi who are impacted. We've supported a number of things, first of all the Medicaid expansion program . The state of Mississippi has lost over 1.2 billion dollars that could've gone for healthcare. I am the only person in the state that voted for that program. We've had 5 hospitals to close this last year, because of lack of funds. I hope the Governor decides this year to take the money."
Thompson says he is also supporting education in terms of loans, and grants for students to pay for college. He says colleges should be affordable, and students should have access to college funds.