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07/09/08 - Tyler

East Texans, Local Representatives Weigh In On Congress' Low Approval Rating

Startling, but not surprising - east Texans reacted Wednesday to Congress' low approval rate, saying they are just not getting enough done.

Last night, we told you about the new Rasmussen poll that shows voters approval of the job Congress is doing at just 9%. That's down from 11% last month, and since the beginning of the year, the highest approval rating Congress has got is 15%.

This afternoon, KLTV 7's Molly Reuter spoke to Congressman Louie Gohmert by satellite about the concerns of east Texans.

"I think the economy concerns me... coming up with something intelligent to use as fuel...I think the economy is the main reason...because of the gas prices," said Congressman Gohmert today.

It's no surprise east Texans are concerned about the economy.

With gasoline prices hovering around $4.00, many of you told us it's time to bring some relief to the pumps.

"I'm about to go to college and you know with the economy the way it is, it's hard to get loans," said Breanna Padgett, a Tyler resident.

East Texans, your frustrations are loud and clear - and U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert knows that first hand.

"You can't go around East Texas as I have when we were on recess last week, talk to retail, talk to restaurants and talk to businesses and they are all saying the same thing: we are down. People are paying too much for gasoline at the pump and that's costing everything else in the economy."

Just this morning, Gohmert spoke on the house floor, saying Congress needs to pursue alternative energy sources and dive into our reserves.

"Everybody is concerned about the environment, but when you tank an economy, people get concerned about living, eating food, providing shelter for their families and the environment takes a back seat."

So, what's the hold up?

"I feel people's pain, and you just feel the discouragement. ...If I were polled by Rasmussen, I'd be one of the 91% that says Congress is not doing what we should, and we've got a big group of us that want to see it done."

And Gohmert says you can help by continuing to write your Congressmen as well as those at the top.

"This could be turned around so quickly, if we had the right leadership at the top," says Gohmert.

We also talked to U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling today, who also said East Texans are concerned about the high cost of energy.

In a statement, Hensarling said, "We didn't get into this pickle overnight, and we won't get out of it overnight."

He goes on to say to solve the problem, "it will take a balanced approach of dealing with both the supply and demand of energy."

And, if we want prices to come down, he says, "We have to increase the supply of American energy."

If you'd like to follow Congressman Gohmert's advice and contact your representative, KLTV.com has put together a full list of all Congresspeople and Representatives for this area.

 To see that list, click here.

Molly Reuter, Reporting mreuter@kltv.com

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