When the country woke up Tuesday morning, it found a partially-shutdown federal government That meant 800,000 workers furloughed, services curtailed, national parks closed, the EPA virtually shuttered and much more.
On Tuesday's Up to Date we talk with Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver and Kevin Yoder about the latest negotiations between Republicans and Democrats and between factions within the Republican Party.
The weather isn’t the only think that’s still got some heat behind it. Although Congress is in recess, hot-button topics such as immigration and sequestration cuts are still in the news.
In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3) join us to talk about these issues and shed some light on where Congress might be headed when it goes back into session in September.
One of Kansas City's early advocates for children living in poverty will be in the audience tonight watching the President's State of the Union Address, combining the invitation with an opportunity to take her message to Congress.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri's fifth district representative Emanuel Cleaver says he doesn't think yesterday's passage of a bill to repeal the federal health care law poses a real threat. The Senate's likely to reject the measure. But Cleaver, a democrat who strongly supports health reform, says he is concerned with GOP plans to try to defund the law in the coming months.
"If the funds are withheld or if significant dollars are withheld, there won't be the change we had hoped for, particularly in poor communities and disaffected communities," Cleaver says.