Impeachment doesn't distract Monroe leaders during annual D.C. trip

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A historical drama unfolds in the U.S. Capitol – as senators weigh whether to remove the president. But, a group of local leaders from Monroe, LA, just visited D.C. – with an eye not toward history – but their own community.

Local leaders from Monroe, Louisiana lobby lawmakers on local issues as impeachment takes center stage in the U.S. Senate. (Source: Gray DC)

While the Senate impeachment trial takes center stage in the capitol, in the House office buildings, the comings and goings of day-to-day business carry-on.

"I’m kind of becoming a veteran at this," said Monroe City Council Chairwoman Juanita Woods, as she, fellow council peers, and local business leaders made their annual trip to Washington.

As they push for federal help for everything from public safety to flood prevention, the group take plenty of pictures, but won’t get a chance to see the tourist sights. "It’s actually work, work, work, work, but it’s good though, good work," said Woods.

"Had some great meetings, we’re very hopeful for the future," said Monroe Chamber of Commerce President Sue Nicholson of the trip.

She credits past trips like this one for getting airport projects off the ground, addressing traffic congestion in town, and boosting educational opportunities.

And, she said, making the trip accomplishes more than a phone call or email ever could. "It’s building relationships," she said.

"Favorite part of my day is seeing my constituents in D.C.," said Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA) after meeting with the group.

Abraham said whenever locals walk in his door, they’re all on the same team. "They know their districts, they know their cities, they know their parishes, they know what they need," he said.

And, he said once he knows what they need, it’s up to him to help them get it from Congress.

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