Protesters in Jefferson City demand end to shutdown

Oct 16, 2013

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer
Credit KBIA

A group of protesters Tuesday called on Missouri Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer to vote to end the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1. 

The 40 demonstrators outside Luetkemeyer’s Jefferson City office included David Meinell with the group Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans.  He says they want a “clean bill” that will reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling:

“We do not believe what is going on in Washington DC is conducive to good representation," Meinell said. "They’re holding all of us hostage because of their dirty politics.”

The crowd delivered a so-called “cease and desist” order to Luetkemeyer’s staff in Jefferson City.

Afterwards, nearly half the protesters went to Gov. Jay Nixon’s State Capitol office to protest his decision to cut food stamp funding for adults who have no children.  

Congressman Luetkemeyer has not responded yet to a request for a comment on the protesters calling for him to vote to end the government shutdown.