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Rahall reflects at Womens’ Club picnic

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

BARBOURSVILLE -- Congressman Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., was in Barboursville Saturday, enjoying plenty of good food made by members of the Democratic Womens' Club of Cabell County.

He also spoke to members and other area Democrats at the annual picnic held at Barboursville Park about the frustrating atmosphere in Washington, D.C., where lawmakers can't seem to get anything done.

"This is how I keep my sanity, getting out of Washington every weekend and back to West Virginia," said Rahall, who will be visiting constituents throughout the week.

But coming home isn't much easier, he admitted, because people are frustrated that simple pieces of legislation can't seem to get passed, such as the student loan bill that failed this week. That will result in student loan interest doubling on borrowers like Caroline Altizer, a student a Marshall and member of the Cabell County Young Democrats and the Womens' Club.

Still, Rahall said there are some positive things happening that do have bipartisan support. That includes both the waterways and railroad re-authorization bills that could greatly impact West Virginia, he said.

"It means jobs for our people and mobility ... and the ability to get to major markets," he said. "It means investments in American, much of which we've neglected for too long."

Then, he said, there is the important transportation bill that deals with the highway trust fund for the country.

He also said that the division in Congress isn't just between party lines. While it's been publicized about the divisions within the Republican Party, Rahall said Democrats are starting to become frustrated with the Obama administration.

Janet Artrip, president of the women's club, said the picnic is a time to reflect on the past year and lay the ground work for the issues of the coming year.



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