With cheers and boos, the meeting of 250 people at times felt more like a sporting event, putting 4th Congressional Republican Representative Cory Gardner in the position of a referee.
Questions touched on everything from concerns about fracking chemicals to the financial solvency of the U.S Post Office. But the No. 1 issue on people’s minds was the economic recovery and the best way to control the country’s debt.
Members of Congress are hoping to avert public panic as the country is now just a week away from defaulting on its debt for the first time ever. But the message from freshmen Republican members of Colorado’s delegation is “don’t worry.”
Eastern Colorado Representative Cory Gardner says he wants to reassure people that Congress will not let the nation’s economy implode.
“This country will not default. The president will make the determination on what to do if there is no agreement but we will not default. This congress, we will come to a solution,” says Gardner.
Credit Photo by Jody Hope Strogoff / The Colorado Statesman
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