Much work remains for Congress after break
With the House of Representatives having adjourned for its annual August district work period, my colleagues and I now have an opportunity to return to our districts and consider some of the many accomplishments of the past several months.
At the outset, I would like to thank everyone who took the opportunity to come out to visit with my staff and me during our 12 town hall meetings last week. Judging from the many comments and questions we received at each of our stops, my constituents in south Alabama are doing a great job of tracking the news coming out of our nation's Capitol.
Once we return to Washington following the conclusion of the August work period, there are several other important pieces of legislation, which will need to be brought up for consideration.
This list includes, but is not limited to, work on the remainder of the FY 2006 appropriations bills; consideration of gun manufacturers' liability legislation; immigration reform and work on potentially far-reaching revisions to the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Spring 2005 survey results
Earlier this year, as a part of the district-wide newsletter included in newspapers throughout the First District, my staff and I included a seven-question constituent survey. The questions in this non-scientific poll related to a variety of issues, including the Social Security program and the current income tax system. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey, either by mailing their answers to my office or by answering the questions on our Internet website.
For those of you interested in the results of this survey, I wanted to provide a sample here of some of the questions and the breakdown of answers. A complete list of all seven questions and the breakdown of their answers can be found at http://bonner.house.gov.